Hurricane Season News

Weather Experts Debate Which Hurricane Season Alex Belongs in

There’s something a little off about Alex. The hurricane developed in the Atlantic Ocean in January, getting the 2016 storm season, which officially began June 1, off to an early start. Or did it? “One could make the case that …

Fitch: Property Insurers Well Positioned for Predicted Hurricane Season

A large catastrophic hurricane in 2016 would likely promote a shift towards positive pricing movement following years of property insurance pricing declines in the U.S. property/casualty market, according to Fitch Ratings’ 2016 annual hurricane season reference report. However, abundant available …

Fitch: Most Florida Specialty Insurers Remain Untested By Hurricanes

The majority of Florida’s homeowner specialist insurers have brief histories, and their ability to manage a large catastrophic hurricane is uncertain despite recent strong performance, according to a new report from Fitch Ratings. The last hurricane to make landfall in …

Active Tropical Season Forecasted

Slightly warmer tropics and a Lack of El Nino will result in more tropical storm activity this year, according to The Weather Company, an IBM Business. The company’s first tropical forecast for the 2016 season predicts 14 named storms, eight …

Global Weather Agency Takes 3 Hurricane Names Off the List

WMO’s Hurricane Committee announced that it will no longer use the names Erika and Joaquin for future tropical storms or hurricanes in the Atlantic, and the name Patricia will no longer be used in the eastern North Pacific. The three …

Florida Officials Can’t Agree on Insurance Commissioner Pick

Thanks to an arcane state law, Florida could enter hurricane season with no one firmly in charge of the state agency responsible for regulating the state’s at-times fragile insurance industry. The reason? The two Republican elected officials responsible for picking …

Second Most Active Hurricane Season Not Over Yet

For a few minutes last Wednesday, there weren’t any hurricanes, cyclones, typhoons or tropical storms anywhere in the world. The respite didn’t last long. Thursday morning, the U.S. Navy and Air Force’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center, along with the Indian …

Insurers Remember 10 Year Anniversary of Hurricane Dennis

The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) is remembering the lives lost and those who were significantly impacted by the aftermath of Hurricane Dennis nearly 10 years ago this week. Hurricane Dennis known for intense winds and storm surge …

Commentary: Stronger Building Codes Make Communities More Resilient

Even though predicted to be a below-average hurricane season, two tropical storms already have made landfall in the U.S. Of all types of severe weather, hurricanes are the most costly natural disaster in recent decades, representing seven of the ten …

Though Quiet Hurricane Season Expected, El Nino May Not Temper Landfalling Storm

While hurricane activity for the Atlantic Basin is projected to be below average for the 2015 season, impactful landfalls can occur in any hurricane season even those of reduced activity, according to Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC, a  global risk …