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Erin - 1995
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HURRICANE ERIN

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Hurricane Erin

This formation of this storm can be traced back to a tropical wave that moved off the coast of Africa on July 22. The wave was accompanied by a broad area of distrubed weather, but failed to organize itself over the next week as it traversed through the Eastern Atlantic. On July 27, some deep convection was detected when the storms were located a few hundred miles northeast of the Leeward Islands. As the system approached the Bahamas, a hurricane hunter flight was dispatched, and they found that it met requirements to become Tropical Storm Erin, skipping depression status. A low pressure system near Florida was the main factor in the movement of the storm. Erin originally moved to the WNW and strengthened quickly, reaching hurricane status by August 1. But as it neared the low, it was forced to turn to the NW and ride on the northern side of it. After making this turn, the storm entered a more harsh environment, and became plagued by wind shear which played a role in preventing a rapid intensification process that could have made Erin into a large and powerful storm. Fortunately, this wind shear kept Erin's winds at 85 mph for the next day or so, until it made landfall near Vero Beach, Florida on August 2 with winds of 85 mph. After landfall, Erin quickly weakened to a tropical storm before re-emerging into the Gulf of Mexico later that day. When this occured, the warm waters and more favorable conditions allowed the storm to strengthen rapidly before it made its final landfall. Erin struck Pensacola, Florida on August 3 at its peak intensity, with 100 mph winds and a pressure of 973 mbar, making the storm a Category 2. After landfall, Erin weakened to a tropical storm over Mississippi, and turned to the north on August 5 as it weakened to a depression. The depression held on for a while, and made a turn to the east before finally dissipating over West Virginia on August 6. A total of six deaths were reported due to Erin, all due to drowning. The majority of the Bahamas islands reported structural damage, sunken boats, flooding, and massive crop loss. The damages thre total $400,000. A total loss in the United States came to approximately 700 million dollars.

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