My Jelly Bean Taurus In Hurricane Andrew

I have owned 3 Taurus’, a Crown Victoria, a Mustang convertible, and currently drive a wonderful 2010 Fusion Hybrid (love it). Back in 1990 I bought a white Taurus and drove the wheels off of it. By August 1992 I had 80K miles on the car and it was going great. It was white and I called it the Jelly Bean because of the rounded shape. Hurricane Andrew hit south Dade (the worst storm to hit the US until Katrina). Our home was destroyed and was in a devastated area on the coast between Homestead and Cutler Bay. I had evacuated inland and north about 20 miles. THe morning after the storm I was desperate to find out what had become of our home. So, a group of well intentioned friends and I jumped into the Jelly Bean and headed south on the turnpike, it soon became clear we were heading into an area that had been destroyed. We got off the turnpike and turned into our community which was utterly destroyed, debris and flooding blocked the roads. I think I was in shock and was not thinking very clearly as I drove the Jelly Bean cross country, forged flooded streets and made it to what had been our house. What little there was to save we threw into the back of the Taurus and reversed our route out. We nearly stalled once but I cursed and begged and Jelly Bean continued on. As we were heading out we noticed other vehicles struggling, stalled, or broken down trying to get in. The Taurus was so well built and built tough that it allowed us to save heirlooms from our wrecked home that would have otherwise been lost. I drove the car after Andrew for another 2 years and 40K miles before trading it in on a beautiful blue Taurus. I have loved my Fords the most (having owned Mercedes, Lexus, and Toyota’s as well) and while I hope I never again have to put a car through those conditions, I am always amazed how that car never let me down. While I have never had a bad Ford experience the Jelly Bean holds a special spot in my heart. Unfortunately the photos of Jelly Bean were lost and I did not take any after the storm. But I remember it well

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