Hurricane Erika
Category 4 hurricane
Hurricane Dennis 09 july 2005 1845Z

Hurricane Erika near peak intensity on June 27
Formed June 21, 2021
Dissipated June 30, 2021
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Highest winds 150 mph (240 km/h)
(1-min sustained)
Lowest pressure 936 mbar (hPa; 27.64 inHg)
Damages $3.2 billion (2021 USD)
Direct Fatalities 43 total fatalities
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Areas affected Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, Southeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic states
Part of the
2021 Atlantic hurricane season

Hurricane Erika was the strongest Atlantic tropical cyclone recorded in the month of June. The fifth named storm, second hurricane, and first major hurricane of the highly active 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, Erika originated from a tropical depression in the central Caribbean Sea on June 21. In favorable conditions for tropical cyclogenesis, the disturbance intensified into tropical strength later that day.

Meteorological history

Hurricane Erika Track 2021 (CS)

Storm track

On June 13, a strong tropical wave moved off the coast of Africa. Progressing westward, the disturbance slowly organized, and the National Hurricane Center first noted its potential for tropical cyclogenesis the following day, giving it a moderate chance for development. However, on June 15, the wave, labeled as Invest 97L, entered an area of strong wind shear and dry air. As a result, the wave lost much of its convection and organization.

Preparations, impact, and aftermath