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List of Hurricane Andrew’s Victims, How They Died

August 29, 1992

MIAMI (AP) _ Coroners and other officials in Florida, Louisiana, and the Bahamas reported that 31 people had died, as of Friday, as a result of Hurricane Andrew and its remnants.

In Florida, medical examiners said 14 people’s deaths were classified as directly related to the hurricane:

1. Naomi Browning, 12, died when a beam fell on her in her bedroom in her south Dade County home.

2-3. Vidal Perez, 49, and Francisco Sospedra, 74, died south of Miami after they were thrown from a storage trailer in which they sought shelter.

4. Robert Moak, 32, was found in Coral Gables in a canal, a possible drowning victim.

5. Miguel Pulido, 62, of south Dade County, died when his mobile home flipped and he was crushed.

6. Andrew Roberts, 30, died at a hospital near Homestead after being found crushed in a collapsed home.

7. Claude Owens, 46, of south Dade County, died when roof collapsed.

8. Robert Ramos, 40, of south Dade County, died when he was hit by debris while seeking shelter in a barn after the prefabricated house he was in collapsed.

9. Gladys Porter, 91, of south Dade County, refused to evacuate her mobile home and was found beneath what remained.

10. Mary Cowan, 67, of south Dade County, crushed when her apartment complex was flattened.

11. Harry Boyer, 67, of south Dade County, found in rubble of collapsed retirement home.

12. Jesse James, 46, died when hurricane blew down a large tree fell on a camper-truck in Overtown where he had taken refuge.

13. Natividad Rohena, 57, died when the roof of his Homestead home collapsed.

14. Henry Waylon Bush, 41, a logger from Andalusia, Ala., was killed Thursday when high winds snapped off the top of a rotted tree which hit him as he worked in the Florida Panhandle’s Black Water forest.


These deaths were indirectly related to the hurricane, Ms. Melton said:

1. Edna Gerry, 81, of central Dade County, had trouble breathing and died before rescue crews could reach her.

2. Elaida Vargas, 22, of west Dade County, got sick and died before crews could reach her. Her 5-pound male fetus did not survive.

3. Jose Saravia, 73, Coral Gables. Died while trimming his neighbor’s fallen trees.

4. Dagoberto Troya, 50, of south Dade County, died of a heart attack after seeing his warehouse roof demolished. Rescue crews couldn’t reach him in time.

5, 6, 7. Manuel Rodriguez, 69; Fannie Lytle, 94; and Anice Berett, 81, died while being evacuated from their ruined south Dade County rest home after the hurricane.

8. Emma Grace Parker, 74, of northwest Dade County, died when she fell through a seventh-floor apartment window while trying to remove duct tape.

9. Anthony Margiotta, 79, a blind man from northeast Dade County, died when he stepped off a seventh-floor balcony that was missing screens as a result of the hurricane.

10. Herman Lucerne, 78, former mayor of Florida City, died of a heart attack while trying to get some plywood in his garage.


In Louisiana, only one person died as a direct result of the hurricane:

1. Carlos Cabrera, 63, of LaPlace, La., died when a tornado spun off Hurricane Andrew and hit his home.

2. Vivian Decuir, 50, Abbeville, died in a car accident at an intersection where the traffic light was out.

3. Allen Stewart, 86, Plaquemine, died when his daughter’s home caught fire from a candle. There was no electricity.


In the Bahamas, four deaths were directly related to Andrew, all on the island of Eleuthera:

1. Telford Neely, 16, killed by flying debris in The Bluff.

2. Avaro Pedican, no age given, killed by flying debris in The Bluff.

3. Yvonne Cash, 37, a mother of 7, drowned in Lower Bogue.

4. Beverly Moss, no age given, killed by flying debris in Current Island.

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