|Hurricane Erin made landfall on Aug. 2, 1995, in Vero Beach, Florida, the first hurricane to make landfall in the contiguous U.S. since Hurricane Andrew’s devastating strike in 1992. |
The storm knocked out power to more than 1 million people throughout the state and damaged more than 2,000 homes and buildings, mostly in the Florida Panhandle during its second landfall the next day.
Erin weakened over central Florida after its first landfall but then reintensified into a hurricane over the Gulf of Mexico before making its final landfall at Pensacola Beach, Florida, on Aug. 3.
The storm was blamed for six deaths and caused $1.7 billion in damage (adjusted for 2023 dollars) throughout the U.S., most of which occurred in Florida.
|ANSWER TO TODAY’S TRIVIA |
|C. 23 mph |
|While not every raindrop falls to the ground (upward wind can inhibit that), the largest drops can fall at a maximum speed of about 23 miles per hour, according to NASA. However, their average speed is 14 mph, and the smallest raindrops can take 7 minutes to fall. |