Houston-based ImpactWeather predicts that 2013 will bring a series of hurricanes more severe than 2012.
In an announcement released by the company, Senior ImpactWeather Meteorologist Chris Hebert provided the following outlook, based on averages of past seasons, ocean temperature trends, and the absence of an El Niño influence from the Tropical Pacific:
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As witnessed in the wake of Hurricane Sandy – which had devastating effects to the east coast, including over $50 billion in losses, as well as flooding, power outages and other destruction in 24 states – many businesses were closed for days or weeks. The possibility of even stronger hurricanes occurring in 2013 means that any operation concerned about its balance sheet must take heed.
“Since weather is the number one cause of business disruption, this prediction carries much weight for companies focused on protecting their people and their assets,” Mark Chambers, president of ImpactWeather, said in the announcement. “Considerations such as when – or even if – operations must be shut down, damage to facilities, supply chain interruptions, and safety protocols are all top-of-mind when severe weather is imminent.”
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