Looking Back at Hurricane Erin in 1995

Hurricane Erin Track
Hurricane Erin Track in 1995

Hurricane Erin in 1995 formed near the far southern Bahamas in late July. It made a landfall near Vero Beach, Florida, continued northwestward, emerged into the Gulf of Mexico and then made a second landfall on Pensacola Beach, Florida.

From the National Hurricane Center…

Hurricane Erin Radar
Hurricane Erin Radar in 1995

A total of six deaths occurred in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico waters off Florida. All drowned. The 234-foot gambling and cruise ship Club Royale sank in the Atlantic

90 miles east of Cape Canaveral and three crew members are presumed dead. A 15-year old surfer drowned in a rip current off Palm Beach County. A man and daughter in an inflatable boat were swept from the Cape San Blas area into the Gulf of Mexico where they presumably drowned.

All Bahamas islands from Mayaguana to Grand Bahama suffered minor damage. Losses known to date for Abaco, Grand Bahama, Mayaguana, and Exuma total $400,000.

1995 Hurricane Erin Satellite
1995 Hurricane Erin Satellite

At the time, the American Insurance Services Group estimated $375 million as the loss to insured property in the United States caused by Erin ($350 million in Florida, $20 million in Alabama, and $5 million in Mississippi). Because the total loss is usually estimated by the NHC to be up to about double the insured loss, the total U.S. loss was tentatively estimated at $700 million.

Wind damage occurred over east-central and northeast Florida. See the radar from the first landfall. Thousands of homes and businesses suffered damage in Brevard County.

The most significant structural damage for the final landfall occurred on Pensacola Beach, Navarre Beach, around Mary Esther and in northeast Pensacola. More than 2,000 homes were damaged there and crop losses were reported. Some beach erosion was reported west of Navarre Beach. Farther inland, about 100 homes were damaged in Alabama. Widespread tree, power line and crop damage extended inland. Read the entire report from the National Hurricane Center.

Here are rain estimates and more on the track of Erin.

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