Please recall, Andrew was a Category 5 storm. The shelters held up far better than most homes, particualry those in Country Walk, Goulds, Princeton, West Kendall, etc. No one died in a shelter, but at least 10 people died and many were seriously injured in their own homes. Friends of ours who lived in Prinecton escaped from their totally destroyed house to a county shelter when Andrew's eye was overhead. They noted that they felt very secure there and medical assistance was close at hand. After my esperience in Andrew, I continue to recommend shelters over geting caught in the storm while trying to escape as relatives of ours did. They were forced to turn back after the winds reached more than 100 mph.
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