After a period of inactivity lasting nearly 20 days with the exception of two depressions, a non tropical low became Tropical
Storm Erika, skipping tropical depression status on August 14. The storm was about 75 miles west of Fort Meyers, Florida in
the Gulf of Mexico. A high pressure to the north forced Erika rapidly to the west across the Gulf. Erika gradually strengthened
before its landfall about 40 miles south of Mataramos, Mexico.
Erika moved inland and dissipated quickly after landfall. Originally, Erika was thought to have been a strong tropical
storm on the verge of hurricane strength at landfall. Further observations revealed that Erika was a hurricane at landfall
with winds of 75 mph. Two people were killed and minor damage was reported due to Erika.