Hurricane Erika was the strongest and longest-lasting tropical cyclone
in the 1997 Atlantic hurricane season. It developed from a tropical wave
on September 3 and moved west-northwestward across the tropical Atlantic
Ocean. Passing just north of the Lesser Antilles, it carried a cloud of
volcanic ash to Antigua from the eruption of the Soufrière Hills
Volcano on Montserrat. Strong waves from the hurricane produced beach
erosion and coastal flooding in northern Puerto Rico, and caused the
death of two surfers. Moderate wind gusts in the northern Leeward
Islands and Puerto Rico left thousands of residents without power, and
did $10 million in damage in the U.S. Caribbean territories. The
hurricane was pushed to the north by an approaching trough, then quickly
strengthened to become the only major hurricane of the season, with
maximum sustained winds of 125 mph (205 km/h). It weakened as it
passed over cooler waters, and finally became an extratropical cyclone
after passing near the Azores archipelago. The months of August and
September produced only this one Atlantic tropical cyclone; that had not
happened since 1929.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Erika_(1997)>
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