2017 Atlantic hurricane season News

Hurricane Maria Destroys Homes, Causes Flooding in Puerto Rico

The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years destroyed hundreds of homes, knocked out power across the entire island and turned some streets into raging rivers Wednesday in an onslaught that could plunge the U.S. territory …

As Recovery Begins, Industry Tallies Irma’s Mounting Costs

With two Florida landfalls in the same day, Hurricane Irma‘s destructive wind and flood damage could cost up to $65 billion for both insured and uninsured losses, according to a recent estimate by CoreLogic. Residential property flood loss is estimated …

Many Factors Affect Whether Hurricanes Linger or Fade Quickly

This hurricane season is showing how wild and varied storms’ life cycles can be. Most storms seem to be tracked for days while others appear to pop out of nowhere. And some just linger around. Hurricane Jose is pushing the …

Category 4 Hurricane Maria Hits Puerto Rico Hard

Hurricane Maria slammed into southeastern Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm with the potential to inflict $30 billion in damages just two weeks after Irma ravaged the cash-strapped island. Top winds reached 155 miles (249 kilometers) per hour as …

After Irma’s $1B Damage Puerto Rico Braces for Maria

Two weeks ago, Puerto Rico was spared a devastating hit when Hurricane Irma ripped up the Caribbean. This time, it may not be so lucky. The bankrupt island, already contending with the aftermath of a storm that left as much …

Coastal Growth in U.S Continues Despite Past Storm Lessons

Rising sea levels and fierce storms have failed to stop relentless population growth along U.S. coasts in recent years, a new Associated Press analysis shows. The latest punishing hurricanes scored bull’s-eyes on two of the country’s fastest growing regions: coastal …

Commentary: Florida Homeowners’ Insurers Will Pass the Hurricane Irma Test

Florida homeowners’ insurers are poised to thrive following Hurricane Irma. For years, critics have disparaged Florida’s unique homeowners’ insurance industry. These innovative and entrepreneurial insurers are about to prove critics wrong. The $100B Detour It should first be acknowledged that …

Irma Spawned Unusual Storm Surges on Both Florida Coasts

Hurricane Irma’s devastating storm surge came with weird twists that scientists attribute to the storm’s girth, path and some geographic quirks. A combination of storm surge, heavy rains and swollen rivers sent some of the worst flooding into Jacksonville, Florida, …

FEMA Estimates 25% of Florida Keys Homes Destroyed by Irma

Search-and-rescue teams made their way into the Florida Keys’ farthest reaches Tuesday, while crews labored to repair the single washed-out highway connecting the islands and rush aid to Hurricane Irma‘s victims. Federal officials estimated one-quarter of all homes in the …

Irma Fades While Jose Eyes $19 Trillion in Property

Don’t underestimate Jose. The meteorological gods seem to be working against the hurricane as Irma’s successor lumbers over the Atlantic Ocean. But it’s so far out – more than 960 miles from New York – that it’s too soon to …