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CNN 20: Hurricane Andrew Hits Florida, August 23, 1992

Aired August 23, 2000 - 1:54 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

JOHN COUWEIS, CNN PHOTOGRAPHER/EDITOR: There was a group of four us that spent the night at the National Hurricane Center.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED CNN ANCHOR: What is the progress of Hurricane Andrew at this time?

BOB SHEETS, DIR., NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER: Unfortunately it is the same as before. That means it is just moving right straight towards southeast Florida.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

COUWEIS: The pressure dropped severely and your ears are even popping as if you are in an airplane. Windows started blowing out, not from things striking it, but from the pressure. It was very odd, it was very scary.

When we walked outside it was like -- and we were not even in the worst of it. It was unbelievable what we saw. Huge billboards on the sides of the roads were twisted like something you would see from a "Godzilla" movie, like someone had just taken their huge hands and just crumpled it up and wrapped it around buildings. And street signs -- things were thrown around, huge pieces of objects were thrown like they were toys.

Cars thrown all over, boats thrown everywhere, You didn't know where the road ended and where the marina began because the water had come up so, you know, from the tidal surge.

We started heading south into Cutler Ridge. Devastation got worse, and got worse. We saw tiles off roofs, I mean every roof, not just one roof, but imagine for a drive of 15, 17 miles just solid devastation.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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