Like someone we know on a first-name basis, Aug. 24, 1992 is known to Floridians simply as “Andrew.”

The third time in recorded history that a Category 5 hurricane hit the United States, Hurricane Andrew sliced through Miami-Dade with a fury that shocked even the most storm-hardy residents. Roofs were torn from houses, mobile homes were flung with ease, and hundreds of thousands were left homeless as rescue turned to chaos in the face of unprecedented damages.

Exactly two decades later, with the destruction cleaned up and neighborhoods rebuilt, it’s easy to forget about Andrew on a day-to-day basis. However, once we start remembering, everyone has as story of where they were when that hurricane hit. Check out WLRN's 20th anniversary stories below these shocking images of what Andrew left behind:

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    MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 26: A sign in front of a house in the Cutler Ridge area damaged by Hurricane Andrew reads 'We will survive' 26 August 1992. Hurricane Andrew left more than 50,000 people homeless and caused billions of dollars of damage. (Photo credit should read ANDREW ITKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)

  • FILE- In this Sept. 1, 1992 file photo, Janny Vancedarfield sits in front of the debris that was once his house in Florida City, Fla. Vancedarfield lived in this house with six other family members before it was destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in September 1992. Two decades later, Homestead and Florida City have doubled in size into a demographically different community, better prepared to deal with hurricanes. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

  • MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 25: A resident (bottom right) looks out of his apartment 25 August 1992 that had its walls blown away by Hurricane Andrew. About 50,000 Dade county residents are without their homes due to Hurricane Andrew, which struck the area 24 August 1992. (Photo credit should read ROBERT SULLIVAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Mexican immigrants who lost their homes to Hurrica

    FLORIDA CITY, UNITED STATES: Mexican immigrants who lost their homes to Hurricane Andrew stand outside their tents 06 September 1992 as repairmen work on damaged roofs at Centro Campesino in Florida. Many migrant workers, some who do not have green cards, are afraid to come to the camp to seek help. (Photo credit should read ROBERT SULLIVAN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • HOMESTEAD, FL - SEPTEMBER 4: Hurricane Andrew victim Sonda Marshall (R) of Homestead, Florida, applies makeup 04 September, 1992. Marshall and her son, Leo (L), were left homeless by the storm and are now living in the Homestead tent city. (Photo credit should read ANDREW ITKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Buildings on the Deering Estate. Still-water marks from storm surge measured at 16.5 feet.

  • UNITED STATES: A group of people sift 28 August 1992 through the rubble of a house that was directly in the path of a 26 August tornado spawned by Hurricane Andrew. Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards has estimated property damage from the hurricane from 70 to 100 million US dollars, and at least 200 million US dollars in damage to the sugar crop. (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • National Guardsman Donald Kirby helps Hurricane Andrew victim Mary Beckford of Cutler Ridge, Florida 27 August 1992 get fresh drinking water from a tanker brought in for disaster relief. AFP PHOTO/Andrew ITKOFF (Photo credit should read ANDREW ITKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)

  • UNITED STATES: A man removes 26 August 1992 auto parts from the shelves of his heavily damaged store after Hurricane Andrew ripped through Morgan City early 26 August blowing out his store windows and brick walls. Millions of dollars in damage were caused by the first hurricane of the season. AFP PHOTO PAUL J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 25: A looter carries goods from a grocery store in the Cutler Ridge area 25 August 1992 as sporadic looting continues following the devastation of Hurricane Andrew. Local officials have instituted a dusk-to-dawn curfew for Dade County to curb looting. (Photo credit should read BOB PEARSON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • HOMESTEAD, FL - AUGUST 25: Susanne Miller (R) and Cheryl Winchester of Homestead clear the rubble from their pet supply store in Homestead, Florida 25 August 1992 as Floridians began cleaning up after Hurricane Andrew. Twelve people were killed by the storm, which left more than 50,000 homeless. (Photo credit should read BOB PEARSON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • HOMESTEAD, FL - AUGUST 25: An unidentified woman grabs goods from the shelves of a convenience store 25 August 1992 as looters continued to rob stores damaged by Hurricane Andrew. Andrew is expected to hit New Orleans later 25 August. (Photo credit should read ANDREW ITKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)

  • MIAMI, UNITED STATES: National Guard troops question Coconut Grove residents who are returning to their homes 24 August 1992 after evacuating to prepare for Hurricane Andrew. The National Guard was called in to prevent looting in areas hit hard by the storm. (Photo credit should read TONY RANZE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 24: Wrecked boats sit on the sea wall 24 August 1992 at the docks at Dinner Key in the Coconut Grove area of the city after Hurricane Andrew passed through southern Florida. Andrew was the strongest hurricane to hit southern Florida in 40 years. (Photo credit should read ROBERT SULLIVAN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • KENDALL, FL - AUGUST 24: Vidal Martinez holds his head 24 August 1992 while viewing the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew in front of what is left of his trailer at the Flowers Trailer Park, Florida. Hurricane Andrew smashed ashore before dawn 24 August devastating southern Florida. (Photo credit should read ANDY ITKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A sailboat sits on its side 24 August 1992 at the

    MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 24: A sailboat sits on its side 24 August 1992 at the Dinner Key Marina in Florida after it was lifted out of the water by Hurricane Andrew. The hurricane smashed ashore before dawn 24 August 1992 with 160-mph winds. At least 12 people were killed. (Photo credit should read AFP PHOTO Andy ITKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)

  • MIAMI, UNITED STATES: An unidentified woman jumps across a flooded street in Coconut Grove, Miami, 24 August 1992, in front of a sailboat washed ashore by Hurricane Andrew. Andrew swept across the southern Miami area with 150-mph winds. (Photo credit should read TONY RANZE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • This 1992 family handout photo showsa n apartment complex behind the home of Dante Diaz after Hurricane Andrew hit in Miami. Diaz was growing up in the Miami area when Hurricane Andrew hit in 1992. (AP Photo/Diaz Family)

  • This 1992 family handout photo shows the home of Dante Diaz after Hurricane Andrew hit in Miami. Diaz was growing up in the Miami area when Hurricane Andrew hit in 1992. (AP Photo/Diaz Family Handout)

  • This Aug. 25, 1992 file photo shows the water tower, a landmark in Florida City, still standing over the ruins of the Florida coastal community that was hit by the force of Hurricane Andrew. Two decades later, Homestead and Florida City have doubled in size into a demographically different community, better prepared to deal with hurricanes. (AP Photo)

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    FILE - This Aug. 25, 1992 file photo shows rows of damaged houses between Homestead and Florida City, Fla. Two decades after Andrew devastated the area, Homestead and Florida City have doubled in size into a demographically different community, better prepared to deal with hurricanes. (AP Photo/Mark Foley, File)

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  • Description 1 The damaged control tower and base operations building on Homestead AFB, Florida, after <span class='searchmatch'>Hurricane</span> <span class='searchmatch'>Andrew</span> smashed into the base <b>...</b>

  • Description 1 Homestead AFB after <span class='searchmatch'>Hurricane</span> <span class='searchmatch'>Andrew</span> serverly damaged the base on 27 August 1992. The damage to the base was extensive and <b>...</b>

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  • description 1 Dade County, FL, August 24, 1992 - An Army tent serving as a State Disaster Assistance Center after <span class='searchmatch'>Hurricane</span> <span class='searchmatch'>Andrew</span>. <b>...</b>

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  • HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 24: Volunteers hand out food to victims of Hurricane Andrew in Homestead, FL 24 November 1992. Charities donated 900 take-home Thanksgiving meals to area residents who had signed up to receive the dinners. (Photo credit should read ANDREW ITKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • description 1 <span class='searchmatch'>Hurricane</span> <span class='searchmatch'>Andrew</span>, FL, August 24,1992 - Volunteer assistance was received from volunteer organizations including the American <b>...</b>

  • What Went Wrong > Miami Herald, December 20, 1992 > Page 1

  • HOMESTEAD, FL - SEPTEMBER 1: U.S. President George Bush (L) examines a cot, with the help of Eddie Mosqueda, 01 September, 1999 at a tent city for victims of Hurricane Andrew in Homestead, FL. Bush toured military sites and met with local and national officials aiding South Florida hurricane victims. (Photo credit should read J. DAVID AKE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • HOMESTEAD, UNITED STATES: Tents are erected 31 August 1992 to house those who were left homeless by Hurricane Andrew. The tents, which are the first of many to be built by the U.S. Armed Forces, are expected to be ready for occupancy as early as 01 September. (Photo credit should read BRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images)

  • HOMESTEAD, FL - AUGUST 30: Victims of Hurricane Andrew eat breakfast 30 August 1992 in front of a military mobile kitchen in Homestead, FL. The military is providing victims of the hurricane with three hot meals a day. (Photo credit should read ROBERT SULLIVAN/AFP/Getty Images)