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Justices uphold Katrina fraud verdict against State Farm

  • 15 December 2016
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"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/)

 

Citizens Insurance Dissatisfied With Independent Adjusters After Hurricane Matthew

  • 15 December 2016
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"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."

ATLANTIC BASIN SEASONAL HURRICANE FORECAST FOR 2016

Updated: 7/1/2016

  • 19 April 2016
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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)

NHC Atlantic Outlook

  • 7 January 2016
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Atlantic 2-Day Graphical Outlook Image 

		
	

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

Source: Jeff Masters , 11:58 AM GMT on May 17, 2015

  • 18 May 2015
  • Author: Roy
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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. 

Canadian Hurricane Centre

  • 17 May 2015
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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.

Phil Klotzbach's presentation from the National Hurricane Conference

  • 1 April 2015
  • Author: Roy
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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


The Storm after the Storm

Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/hurricane-sandy-60-minutes-fraud-investigation/

  • 2 March 2015
  • Author: Roy
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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.

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

Source: IBT Media Inc

  • 1 March 2015
  • Author: Roy
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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."

Quiet 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season Comes to a Close

Article from Live Science

  • 29 November 2014
  • Author: Roy
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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.

Hawaii and Hurricanes

  • 27 July 2014
  • Author: Roy
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Hawaii and Hurricanes

“The last hurricane that hit Hawaii was Hurricane Iniki in 1992, and Kauai took the brunt of the damage,” said Insurance Commissioner Gordon Ito. “Hurricane Iniki caused almost $2 billion in damages, which is about $3 billion in today’s dollars. It can take just one major storm to cause severe property damage, and we urge you to be prepared.”

Hurricane and Windstorm Deductibles

  • 29 June 2012
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Subject: Hurricane and Windstorm Deductibles
Description

Follow this link for information on Hurricane and windstorm deductibles.

http://www.iii.org/issues_updates/hurricane-and-windstorm-deductibles.html

 


URL: http://www.iii.org/issues_updates/hurricane-and-windstorm-deductibles.html
Source: Insurance Information Institute
Site Section: Cane Page

Historical Hurricane Tracks

  • 3 October 2010
  • Author: CADO Admin
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Subject: Historical Hurricane Tracks
Description: The Historical Hurricane Tracks tool is an interactive mapping application that allows you to easily search and display Atlantic Basin and Eastern North Pacific Basin tropical cyclone data.
URL: http://csc-s-maps-q.csc.noaa.gov/hurricanes/
Source: NOAA
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ICAT Damage Estimator

  • 1 July 2010
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Subject: ICAT Damage Estimator
Description
From the site:

ICAT developed this website to provide easy access to historical hurricane damage information. All information is open source and based upon publicly available data. The data has been normalized to reflect current inflation, wealth, and population from what existed at the time of the actual storm activity.

It is our expectation that this website will be a useful tool to media sources, local, state, and federal public officials, the scientific and academic community, the insurance and reinsurance industries, and to other interested individuals.

For more information about navigating and searching the data in this website, see the “How to Use This Site” section. For details about the open source data, see the FAQ section.

ICAT extends special thanks to Joel Gratz formerly of ICAT Holdings for his initiative and vision to create and launch the ICAT Damage Estimator, and to Dr. Roger Pielke Jr. of the University of Colorado for his scientific and academic leadership, and his drive to deliver important and relevant information to the broader community.


URL: http://www.icatdamageestimator.com/
Source: ICAT
Site Section: Storm Reports

NOAA Factsheet - Hurricanes and Oil Spill

  • 10 June 2010
  • Author: CADO Admin
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Subject: NOAA Factsheet - Hurricanes and Oil Spill
Description
From the document;
 
 What will happen to a hurricane that runs through
this oil slick?
• Most hurricanes span an enormous area of the ocean (200-300 miles) — far wider than the current size of the spill.
• If the slick remains small in comparison to a typical hurricane’s general environment and size, the anticipated impact on the hurricane would be minimal.
• The oil is not expected to appreciably affect either the intensity or the track of a fully developed tropical storm or hurricane.
• The oil slick would have little effect on the storm surge or near-shore wave heights.
 
To read more you can download the pdf below. 

URL: http://www.noaa.gov/
Source: NOAA
Related FileNOAA_fact_sheet_on_hurricanes_and_oil_spills.572167
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Wind Speeds

  • Category One Hurricane - Sustained winds 74-95 mph
  • Category Two Hurricane - Sustained winds 96-110 mph
  • Category Three Hurricane  - Sustained winds 111-130 mph
  • Category Four Hurricane  - Sustained winds 131-155 mph
  • Category Five Hurricane  - Sustained winds greater than 155 mph,
     

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