Twenty-five years ago today one of the most destructive hurricanes in U.S. history made landfall in Florida and then crossed the Gulf of Mexico and made landfall near Morgan City. Former WAFB Meteorologist Mike Graham was working at the Baton Rouge TV station and remembers the anxiety as the storm took aim on Louisiana.
"Knowing it was going to impact Louisiana, even if we didn't know precisely where, we knew it was going to have some kind of devastating impact on the Louisiana coast," Graham said.
Andrew slammed into Louisiana on August 26th, 1992. It left extensive damage in its wake in St. Mary and Iberia Parishes and across a good portion of south Louisiana. Private property damage was estimated at one billion dollars.
But Graham says we've seen bigger disasters since then, from Hurricane Katrina to last year's devastating floods.
"Overall on a scale of 1-to-10, it certainly wasn't anything that matched the damage we've gone through in other significant weather events," Graham said.
Graham also remembers the recovery moved at a quick pace, because of much of the destruction was caused by wind and not water. Edwin Edwards was the governor of Louisiana in 1992.
"We were well prepared for it, we had adequate warnings and got a great deal of help from the federal government," Edwards said.
Edwards toured the damage with President George H.W. Bush, who later that year lost in his re-election bid to Bill Clinton.