Posted: Aug 23, 2013 6:31 PM by Pat Shingleton
Prior to Katrina, Hurricane Andrew was the costliest hurricane in United States history. A year ago we were tracking Tropical Storm Isaac remembering that Gustav was the worst storm to hit Baton Rouge. Andrew recorded five official landfalls including its final landing as a category 5 storm-the third to hit the U.S. in the 20th Century. Storms that cause destruction and extended power outages are sealed in our memories. Twenty years ago tonight, I was in the weather center while outside, howling winds were swaying our 700 foot antenna. After landfall and the last tornado warning, I left the station to check on the family. Similar to Gustav, Old Goodwood resembled a logging site with oak trees strewn like pick-up sticks, intermingled with transformers and power poles; the first storm of the season - in August.