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12 September 2017

Post-Tropical Cyclone Irma Public Advisory Number 53

The NHC has issued its final advisory on this system. Public Advisories from the Weather Prediction Center will provide updates as long as the system remains a flood threat. Issued at 600 AM EDT TUE SEP 12 2017
11 September 2017

Summary for Tropical Depression Irma (AT1/AL112017)

...IRMA WEAKENS TO A TROPICAL DEPRESSION... ...HEAVY RAINFALL CONTINUES ACROSS THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES... As of 11:00 PM EDT Mon Sep 11 the center of Irma was located near 32.4, -84.9 with movement NW at 15 mph. The minimum central pressure was 988 mb with maximum sustained winds of about 35 mph.
11 September 2017

Tropical Storm Irma Probabilistic Storm Surge Graphics

Tropical Storm Irma Probabilistic Storm Surge Graphics Image
Probabilistic Storm Surge Graphics last updated Mon, 11 Sep 2017 21:23:13 GMT
11 September 2017

Tropical Storm Irma Graphics

Tropical Storm Irma 5-Day Uncertainty Track Image
5-Day Uncertainty Track last updated Mon, 11 Sep 2017 20:53:24 GMT

Tropical Storm Irma 34-Knot Wind Speed Probabilities
Wind Speed Probabilities last updated Mon, 11 Sep 2017 21:24:54 GMT
11 September 2017

Insurers ache for qualified inspectors after U.S. hurricanes

(Reuters) - Insurers are scrambling to find inspectors in Texas and Florida after fierce hurricanes battered the states one after the other, causing tens of billions of dollars' worth of property damage in less than two weeks.


Although insurers maintain some number of inspectors, known as claims adjusters, across the U.S. year-round, they must redeploy staff from other areas or hire contract workers to fill gaps when catastrophes like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma strike. The speed with which they can do so is critical to residents and business owners awaiting insurance payments.
07 September 2017

Expecting 100,000 Hurricane Irma claims, Citizens approves extra adjusters, rules waiver

Expecting Hurricane Irma to generate 100,000 claims, Citizens Property Insurance Corp.’s governing board on Wednesday suspended normal contracting procedures so the company can pay more to hire additional claims adjusters.


With Irma projected to make landfall in South Florida sometime Sunday, Citizens is concerned about its ability to compete with private insurers here and in Texas for independent adjusters.

The company expects to begin deploying adjusters to evaluate Irma claims in Florida beginning Wednesday.
27 August 2017

Summary for Tropical Storm Harvey (AT4/AL092017)

...HARVEY PRODUCING CATASTROPHIC AND LIFE-THREATENING FLOODING... ...FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCIES IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTHEASTERN TEXAS... As of 7:00 AM CDT Sun Aug 27 the center of Harvey was located near 29.0, -97.6 with movement SSE at 1 mph. The minimum central pressure was 998 mb with maximum sustained winds of about 45 mph.
27 August 2017

Tropical Storm Harvey Potential Storm Surge Flooding Map

Tropical Storm Harvey Link to Potential Storm Surge Flooding Map
Potential Storm Surge Flooding Map last updated Sun, 27 Aug 2017 09:31:40 GMT
27 August 2017

Tropical Storm Harvey Graphics

Tropical Storm Harvey 5-Day Uncertainty Track Image
5-Day Uncertainty Track last updated Sun, 27 Aug 2017 05:52:45 GMT

Tropical Storm Harvey 34-Knot Wind Speed Probabilities
Wind Speed Probabilities last updated Sun, 27 Aug 2017 03:24:43 GMT
14 April 2017
Extended Range Forecast Of Atlantic Seasonal Hurricane Activity And Landfall Strike Probability For 2017

Extended Range Forecast Of Atlantic Seasonal Hurricane Activity And Landfall Strike Probability For 2017

June 1st Update

We have increased our forecast and now believe that 2017 will have approximately average activity. The odds of a significant El Niño in 2017 have diminished somewhat,
and portions of the tropical Atlantic have anomalously warmed over the past two months. While the tropical Atlantic is warmer than normal, the far North Atlantic remains colder than normal, potentially indicative of a negative phase of the Atlantic Multi-Decadal Oscillation. We anticipate a near-average probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the United States coastline and in the Caribbean. As is the case with all hurricane seasons, coastal residents are reminded that it only takes one hurricane making landfall to make it an active season for them. They should prepare the same for every season, regardless of how much activity is predicted. 

(as of June 1ST 2017)

15 December 2016
Justices uphold Katrina fraud verdict against State Farm

Justices uphold Katrina fraud verdict against State Farm

 

"WASHINGTON — A unanimous Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a jury verdict that State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. committed fraud against the federal government after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina.

The justices on Tuesday rejected claims by State Farm that the whistleblower case against the insurer should have been dismissed because its existence was leaked while it was supposed to be secret.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the court in upholding an appellate ruling that there is no requirement in federal law that the lawsuit be dismissed.

Sisters Cori and Kerry Rigsby filed the fraud lawsuit on behalf of the government after they said they witnessed State Farm shifting Mississippi claims to federal flood insurance that should have been paid by private wind insurance."

(the above is from the article on http://www.pbs.org/)

 

15 December 2016
Citizens Insurance Dissatisfied With Independent Adjusters After Hurricane Matthew

Citizens Insurance Dissatisfied With Independent Adjusters After Hurricane Matthew

"The Citizens Property Insurance Company is regrouping after two hurricanes hit the state.  The state-backed insurer is disappointed with the response of independent contractors handling claims adjustment."
19 April 2016
ATLANTIC BASIN SEASONAL HURRICANE FORECAST FOR 2016

ATLANTIC BASIN SEASONAL HURRICANE FORECAST FOR 2016

ATLANTIC BASIN SEASONAL HURRICANE FORECAST FOR 2016
Forecast Parameter and 1981-2010
Issue Date 1 June 2016 - Updated 7/1

  • Information obtained through July 2016 indicates that the 2016 Atlantic hurricane
    season will have activity near the median 1981-2010 season. There remains considerable
    uncertainty with this forecast which we outline in the following paragraphs.
    We estimate that 2016 will have an additional 5 hurricanes (median is 6.5), 11
    named storms (median is 12.0), 50 named storm days (median is 60.1), 20 hurricane days
    (median is 21.3), 2 major (Category 3-4-5) hurricane (median is 2.0) and 4 major
    hurricane days (median is 3.9). The probability of U.S. major hurricane landfall is
    estimated to be about 95 percent of the long-period average. We expect Atlantic basin
    Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) and Net Tropical Cyclone (NTC) activity in 2016
    to be approximately 90 percent of their long-term averages for the remainder of the
    season.

    (the above is from the Department of Atmospheric Science Colorado State University Forecast)
07 January 2016
18 May 2015
Super Typhoon Dolphin Becomes Earth's 5th Category 5 Storm of 2015

Super Typhoon Dolphin Becomes Earth's 5th Category 5 Storm of 2015

Super Typhoon Dolphin intensified into a Category 5 storm with 160 mph winds and a central pressure of 925 mb at 2 pm EDT Saturday May 16, becoming Earth's fifth Category 5 storm of the year. Dolphin hung on to Category 5 strength for twelve hours before increasing wind shear helped knock the storm down to a Category 4 storm with 150 mph winds by Sunday morning. 
17 May 2015

Canadian Hurricane Centre

The Canadian Hurricane Centre (CHC) provides Canadians with meteorological information on hurricanes, tropical storms and post-tropical storms to help them make informed decisions to protect their safety and secure their property.

01 April 2015
Phil Klotzbach's presentation from the National Hurricane Conference

Phil Klotzbach's presentation from the National Hurricane Conference

Phil Klotzbach's presentation from the National Hurricane Conference has been posted. 

Phil Klotzbach
Department of Atmospheric Science
Colorado State University


02 March 2015
The Storm after the Storm

The Storm after the Storm

 

When Hurricane Sandy made its way towards the East Coast in the fall of 2012, residents knew it could be devastating. What they didn't expect was just how bad Sandy turned out to be: 117 deaths, and damage estimated at more than $60 billion, second only to Katrina.

Now two and a half years later, Sandy victims have been hit by something else they didn't expect, the storm after the storm. Many of them say they have been cheated out of their insurance claims. Thousands of claims have still not been resolved and there is evidence that many homeowners were victims of what appears to be wide-scale fraud where original damage reports were later changed to make it look like the damage wasn't as bad. Making matters worse, appeals to the federal agency in charge of all of this, FEMA, went nowhere.
01 March 2015
FEMA Sued Over Records Related To Superstorm Sandy Victims And Other Flood Insurance Claims

FEMA Sued Over Records Related To Superstorm Sandy Victims And Other Flood Insurance Claims

"The Federal Emergency Management Agency is facing a new lawsuit filed by a nonprofit organization that wants a look at FEMA’s inner workings, especially the way its officials decide the fate of insurance appeals made by flood victims.

United Policyholders, a San Francisco-based group that advocates for consumers of insurance products, sued FEMA in federal court in Washington this week. Brought under the Freedom of Information Act, the suit claims the agency has improperly withheld records related to its National Flood Insurance Program, or NFIP, the main source of flood coverage for U.S. homeowners."

29 November 2014
Quiet 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season Comes to a Close

Quiet 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season Comes to a Close

The mellow 2014 Atlantic hurricane season ends Sunday (Nov. 30), marking another year without major hurricanes hitting the Eastern United States.
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