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2021 Atlantic hurricane season (HurricaneLucas4064)
Seasonal boundaries
First system formedJuly 6, 2021
Last system dissipatedNovember 9, 2021
Strongest storm
NameHenri
 • Maximum winds160 mph (260 km/h)
(1-minute sustained)
 • Lowest pressure919 mbar (hPa; 27.14 inHg)
Seasonal statistics
Total depressions12
Total storms10
Hurricanes5
Major hurricanes
(Cat. 3+)
2
Total fatalities2554
Total damage$102.845 billion (2021 USD)
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The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season was a below average season, featuring 10 named storms, 5 hurricanes, and 2 major hurricanes, which caused a total of over $102.845 billion (2021 USD) in damages. The season officially began on June 1, 2021, and ended on November 30, 2021. These dates historically describe the period each year when most tropical cyclones form in the Atlantic basin and are adopted by convention. However, tropical cyclogenesis is possible at any time of the year.

Seasonal Summary

Systems

Hurricane Ana

Category 2 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Ana2021Lucas Ana2021trackLucas
DurationJuly 6 – July 13
Peak intensity165 km/h (105 mph) (1-min)  964 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Storm Bill

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Bill2021Lucas Bill2021trackLucas
DurationJuly 17 – July 21
Peak intensity100 km/h (65 mph) (1-min)  992 hPa (mbar)

Hurricane Claudette

Category 1 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
150px-Gil 2001-09-05 Terra Claudette2021trackLucas
DurationAugust 2 – August 10
Peak intensity140 km/h (85 mph) (1-min)  981 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Storm Danny

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Danny2021Lucas Danny2021trackLucas
DurationAugust 23 – August 25
Peak intensity75 km/h (45 mph) (1-min)  1006 hPa (mbar)

Hurricane Elsa

Category 4 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Elsa2021Lucas Elsa2021trackLucas
DurationAugust 26 – September 9
Peak intensity240 km/h (150 mph) (1-min)  924 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Storm Fred

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Fred2021Lucas Fred2021trackLucas
DurationSeptember 8 – September 12
Peak intensity110 km/h (70 mph) (1-min)  986 hPa (mbar)

Hurricane Grace

Category 2 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Grace2021Lucas Grace2021trackLucas
DurationSeptember 14 – September 20
Peak intensity175 km/h (110 mph) (1-min)  958 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Depression Eight

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
TD08L2021Lucas TD08L2021trackLucas
DurationSeptember 15 – September 16
Peak intensity55 km/h (35 mph) (1-min)  1008 hPa (mbar)

Hurricane Henri

Category 5 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Henri2021Lucas Henri2021trackLucas
DurationSeptember 20 – October 6
Peak intensity260 km/h (160 mph) (1-min)  919 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Depression Ten

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
TD10L2021Lucas TD10L2021Lucas
DurationSeptember 27 – October 1
Peak intensity55 km/h (35 mph) (1-min)  1004 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Storm Ida

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Ida2021Lucas Ida2021trackLucas
DurationOctober 12 – October 16
Peak intensity95 km/h (60 mph) (1-min)  991 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Storm Julian

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
17W 2016-09-11 0345Z Julian2021trackLucas
DurationNovember 5 – November 8
Peak intensity75 km/h (45 mph) (1-min)  1002 hPa (mbar)

System Names

The following list of names was used for named storms that formed in the North Atlantic in 2021. The names not retired from this list were used again in the 2027 season. This was the same list used in the 2015 season, with the exceptions of Elsa and Julian, which replaced Erika and Joaquin, respectively. The names Elsa and Julian were used for the first (and only, in the case of Elsa) time this year.

  • Ana
  • Bill
  • Claudette
  • Danny
  • Elsa
  • Fred
  • Grace
  • Henri
  • Ida
  • Julian
  • Kate (unused)
  • Larry (unused)
  • Mindy (unused)
  • Nicholas (unused)
  • Odette (unused)
  • Peter (unused)
  • Rose (unused)
  • Sam (unused)
  • Teresa (unused)
  • Victor (unused)
  • Wanda (unused)

Retirement

On April 8, 2021, at the 44th session of the RA IV hurricane committee, the World Meteorological Organization retired the names Elsa and Henri from their rotating naming lists due to the number of deaths and amount of damage they caused, and they will not be used again for another Atlantic hurricane. They will be replaced with Eva and Hudson for the 2027 season, respectively.

Seasonal Effects

2021 Atlantic hurricane season statistics
Storm
name
Dates active Storm category

at peak intensity

Max 1-min
wind
mph (km/h)
Min.
press.
(mbar)
Areas affected Damage
(USD)
Deaths
Ana July 6 – 13 Category 2 hurricane 105 964 Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Venezuela, Columbia, Jamaica, Cuba, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico $400 million 52 (18)
Bill July 17 – 21 Tropical storm 65 992 Honduras, Belize, Yucatan Peninsula, Cuba, Southeastern United States $100 million 24 (8)
Claudette August 2 – 10 Category 1 hurricane 85 981 Cape Verde, Leeward Islands Minimal None
Danny August 23 – 25 Tropical storm 45 1006 Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Turks and Caicos, Cuba, Jamaica, Bahamas, Florida $75 million 44 (15)
Elsa August 26 – September 9 Category 4 hurricane 150 924 Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Turks and Caicos, Cuba, Jamaica, Bahamas, East Coast of the United States, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland $25 billion 375 (137)
Fred September 8 – 12 Tropical storm 70 986 Belize, Mexico, Cuba, Texas $50 million 11 (3)
Grace September 14 – 20 Category 2 hurricane 110 958 Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Turks and Caicos, Bahamas, Cuba, East Coast of the United States, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland $100 million 17 (5)
Eight September 15 – 16 Tropical depression 35 1008 Mexico $10 million 10 (3)
Henri September 20 – October 6 Category 5 hurricane 160 919 Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Turks and Caicos, Cuba, Bahamas, Jamaica, Eastern United States $75 billion 1,279 (426)
Ten September 27 – October 1 Tropical depression 35 1004 Mexico, Southeastern United States (particularly Louisiana) $2 billion 52 (17)
Ida October 12 – 16 Tropical storm 60 991 Jamaica, Cuba, Mexico, Belize $100 million 37 (12)
Julian November 5 – 8 Tropical storm 45 1002 Florida, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Cuba, Bermuda $10 million 7 (2)
Season Aggregates
12 July 6 – November 9, 2021   160 919 $102.845 billion 1,908 (646)
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