Atlantic hurricane season shows no signs of slowing

NOAA's 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season Update

Roy
The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season is well underway, and atmospheric and oceanic conditions remain conducive for an above-average hurricane season, according to the annual mid-season update issued by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service.  The latest outlook reflects that the number of expected named storms (winds of 39 mph or greater) is 15-21, including 7-10 hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or greater), of which 3-5 could become major hurricanes (Category 3, 4, or 5 with winds 111 mph or greater). This updated outlook includes the 5 named storms that have formed so far, with Hurricane Elsa becoming the earliest 5th named storm on record.

Magnitude 6.0 Earthquake in California

Roy
Release Date: JULY 8, 2021 A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Little Antelope Valley, California near the Nevada border on July 8, 2021 at 3:49pm local time (July 8 at 22:49 UTC). Seismic instruments indicate the earthquake originated at a depth of 6 miles (9.8 kilometers). The earthquake struck about 20 miles southwest of Smith Valley, NV. Perceived shaking for the quake was very strong. The event was widely felt, with close to 15,000 "Did You Feel It?" reports thus far submitted. USGS scientists expect that this event will trigger aftershocks, but these will decrease in frequency over time. See the aftershock forecast for details. Source: USGS

Florida Senate Bill 76 - Property Insurance

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GENERAL BILL by Rules ; Judiciary ; Banking and Insurance ; Boyd ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Brandes Insurance; Prohibiting certain practices by contractors; prohibiting a contractor from executing a contract with a residential property owner for a roofing repair or replacement unless certain notice is included; requiring property insurers, effective a certain date, to include certain data regarding closed claims in their annual reports to the Office of Insurance Regulation; requiring the Property Insurance Corporation to include the costs of catastrophe reinsurance to its projected 100-year probable maximum loss in its rate calculations even if the corporation does not purchase such reinsurance,...

Near- or below-normal 2021 hurricane season predicted for the Central Pacific

Source: NOAA

Roy

There is a 45% chance of near-normal tropical cyclone activity during the Central Pacific hurricane season this year, according to NOAA’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center and NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, divisions of the National Weather Service. The outlook also indicates a 35% chance for below-normal activity, and 20% chance of an above-normal season. 


CSU 2021 Hurricane Season Forecast

CSU Tropical Weather & Climate Research

Roy
CSU released its second forecast for the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season on Thursday, 3 June. "We have maintained our above-average forecast for the 2021 Atlantic basin hurricane season. Current neutral ENSO conditions are anticipated to persist for the next several months. While sea surface temperatures averaged across portions of the tropical Atlantic are near to slightly below normal, subtropical North Atlantic sea surface temperatures are much warmer than average. We anticipate an above-normal probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the continental 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...

Colonial Claims expands in Florida with first acquisition in 2021

Source: Colonial Claims Press Release

CADO Admin

DUNEDIN, FL; February 03, 2021:Colonial Claims LLC, one of the nation’s largest independent insurance claims service companies, has acquired Tampa area business Premier Adjusting and Catastrophe Services, Inc., a full-service first and third-party claims handler for residential and commercial losses.

The move strengthens Colonial’s daily claims business and introduces appraisal and TPA services to its growing lines of business, while giving Premier access to additional resources to support its growth, including Colonial’s robust in-house adjuster training center.

 


Earth just had its 7th-warmest January on record

Polar sea ice coverage was below average for the month

Roy

Source: NOAA 2/12/21 Article

True to trend, Mother Earth kicked off 2021 with a balmy January that ranked 7th-warmest in the temperature record, according to scientists with NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

Warmth took its toll on sea ice as well, with below-average ice coverage observed at both ends of the planet.

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2021 Adjuster Claims Presentation Webinar Schedule

NFIP Training Bulletin 

Roy

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to monitor the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as it relates to COVID-19. To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the CDC is encouraging organizations to promote social distancing, hold meetings via videoconferencing, reduce non-essential travel, and adjust or postpone events and gatherings.

In light of this situation, all 2021 NFIP Adjuster Claims Presentations will be held via webinar.


ALABAMA SURVEY ON PRIVATE FLOOD MARKET PROMPTS LEGISLATION TO ENCOURAGE INSURER PARTICIPATION

Alabama Department of Insurance (ALDOI)

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The Alabama Department of Insurance (ALDOI) released results of a survey taken to understand the private flood insurance market in the state. The ALDOI commissioned Milliman, Inc. (Milliman), a premier global consulting and actuarial firm, to survey flood insurance industry stakeholders and understand their concerns and perspectives around writing private flood insurance in Alabama, and ways to overcome regulatory, technical, and consumer-focused challenges.
 


S.C. Private Flood Insurance Act Enacted, Aims to Make Flood Insurance More Accessible

Source: SC DOI Press Release

Roy

From the September 30, 2020 Press Release

"Columbia, S.C. – Monday, Governor Henry McMaster signed the South Carolina Private Flood Insurance Act into law (S. 882). This Act aims to foster innovative flood insurance coverage in South Carolina, allowing insurers the ability to test products in the market and offer consumers greater choice for flood insurance coverage. "


Commissioner Donelon Reminds Policyholders They Are Subject to Only One Hurricane Deductible Per Season

10/8/2020 Louisiana DOI Press Release

CADO Admin

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is reminding policyholders affected by Hurricane Laura and who may be affected by Hurricane Delta that the single season named-storm/hurricane deductible law prohibits a homeowner from paying more than one named-storm/hurricane deductible in the same hurricane season.


Commissioner Lara urges insurance companies to cover wildfire property losses without requiring a home inventory

California’s Commissioner 10-2-2020 Press Release

Roy

From the Press Release.
SACRAMENTO, Calif.
 — In response to California’s latest destructive fires, Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara is requesting that insurance companies help wildfire survivors who are overwhelmed with the task of navigating the claims process by providing up to 100 percent of personal property coverage limits without a detailed inventory to those who suffered a total loss of their home, similar to previous identical requests in past years.


Wildfires – Western US

Source: FEMA - Updated 10/6

Roy

The information below is from the FEMA Daily Ops Briefing issued 10/06 @ 8:30 am

Situation: : Of the over 7 million acres burned, the National Watch Center continues to track 11 active fires that have burned nearly 2 million acres from the West Coast to the Rocky Mountains. Mandatory evacuations continue throughout the impacted regions. No reported unmet needs.


Not Just Another Pretty Face:

From the CatAdjuster.org Blog Archive

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Field Experiences of a Female Catastrophe Adjuster. by  Randi Meyer It was obvious that she was dead. Once you've seen a dead person, there's no doubt in your mind the next time you stumble upon Death's handiwork. And here I was, in a back bedroom of an old house in San Francisco, with two strangers, and a dead woman lying on the bed. I'm a catastrophe adjuster, the only woman on a team of ten sent into San Francisco after high winds and heavy rain caused more property damage than the local adjusters could handle quickly. Only about 10% of the national pool of catastrophe adjusters,  or "cat adjusters," as we're called, are women. Of that 10%, only approximately 3%  work without a...

The Unperfect Storm!

From the Blog Archive

LPG2004

From the CatAdjuster.org Article Archive.

A few months ago, I had a storm that I cannot wait to forget! It seemed that nothing was going right!

The dispatching of assignments was the worse that I had ever had before. I had claims 300 miles to the North, 125 miles to the South, and 60 miles to the East. West was ocean, so I lucked out there! Fortunately, we were able to handle some smaller claims by phone, and/or reassign only the farthest away through a very small window of time. After that, you owned them, no matter where they were located!

(Recovered Post)


CFO Jimmy Patronis Activates Emergency Adjuster Licensing System to Aid in Hurricane Sally Recovery

Roy

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the Department of Financial Services’ emergency adjuster license system has been activated to support homeowners’ and businesses’ efforts to get back on their feet following the impacts of Hurricane Sally in the Florida Panhandle.

From the Monday, September 21, 2020 Press Release


Commissioner Lara urges insurance companies to cover reimbursement costs for those displaced during wildfires

California Department of Insurance

Roy
News: 2020 Press Release For Release: September 3, 2020 Media Calls Only: 916-492-3566 Email Inquiries: cdipress@insurance.ca.gov Commissioner Lara urges insurance companies to cover reimbursement costs for those displaced during wildfires LOS ANGELES, Calif. — To assist Californians displaced by the current and recent wildfires throughout the state, Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued a Notice to all California property and casualty insurance companies urging them to cover Additional Living Expenses (ALE) for those policyholders who remain under mandatory evacuation or whose homes are otherwise inaccessible or uninhabitable due to the wildfires.

CSU researchers now predicting extremely active 2020 Atlantic hurricane season

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"Colorado State University hurricane researchers have increased their forecast and now predict an extremely active Atlantic hurricane season in 2020, citing very warm sea surface temperatures and very low wind shear in the tropical Atlantic as primary factors. Tropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures averaged over the past month are at their fourth-highest levels since 1982, trailing only the very active Atlantic hurricane seasons of 2005, 2010 and 2017. Warmer-than-normal sea surface temperatures provide more fuel for tropical cyclone formation and intensification. They are also associated with a more unstable atmosphere as well as moister air, both of which favor organized thunderstorm activity that is necessary for...

M 5.1 - 4 km SE of Sparta, North Carolina

Roy

Yellow alert for economic losses. Some damage is possible and the impact should be relatively localized. Estimated economic losses are less than 1% of GDP of the United States. Past events with this alert level have required a local or regional level response.


NOAA updated 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook

Roy

August 6, 2020 - Atmospheric and oceanic conditions are primed to fuel storm development in the Atlantic, leading to what could be an “extremely active” season, according to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service. Today, the agency released its annual August update to the Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook, initially issued in May.


Is It Really Just The Money ,(The Bonum and the Summum Bonum)?

by Steve Ebner first posted 12/7/2004

Roy

A Blog post from the archive.

It occurred to me that this was just another perk of being a catadjuster.  I have lived in many places, been a gypsy most of my life.  When I think back, my life comes back to me in bits and pieces, as a bit of what happened in this place and a bit of what happened in that. 


WORLEY CLAIMS SERVICES ANNOUNCES NAME CHANGE TO ALACRITY SOLUTIONS TO REFLECT STRATEGIC GROWTH AND INNOVATION

CADO Admin

"Fishers, IN – March 10, 2020 – Worley Claims Services LLC, a recognized leader in providing insurance claims services in North America, announced the launch of a new company brand and name to Alacrity Solutions Group effective immediately. The change reflects the company’s broader commitment and its expertise in providing innovative claims management services in the property, auto and casualty claim marketplace."


Commissioner Lara Orders Insurance Data on Business Interruption Coverage to Assist California Small Businesses

Roy

From the Press Release

...

"Commissioner Lara called on the insurance industry to assist small businesses facing layoffs and lost income due to business closures and government actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Insurance company responses to the data call are due by April 9, 2020, and will help the Department understand the number and scope of commercial business interruption type coverages in effect and the approximate number of policies that exclude viruses such as COVID-19. This data will help inform state policymakers on solutions to protect businesses.


EXTENDED RANGE FORECAST OF ATLANTIC SEASONAL HURRICANE ACTIVITY AND LANDFALL STRIKE PROBABILITY FOR 2020

Source:Department of Atmospheric Science Colorado State University

Roy
We anticipate that the 2020 Atlantic basin hurricane season will have above-normal activity. Current warm neutral ENSO conditions appear likely to transition to cool neutral ENSO or potentially even weak La Niña conditions by this summer/fall. Sea surface temperatures averaged across the tropical Atlantic are somewhat above normal. Our Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation index is below its long-term average; however, most of the tropical Atlantic is warmer than normal. We anticipate an above-average probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the continental United States coastline and in the Caribbean. As is the case with all hurricane seasons, coastal residents are reminded that it only takes one...

Texas Department of Insurance Commissioner’s Bulletin # B-0008-20

Re: COVID-19: Suspension of certain licensing requirements and fees

CADO Admin

The below is from the bulletin.

March 24, 2020

To:   All TDI-regulated carriers, agents, adjusters, and licensees

Re:   COVID-19: Suspension of certain licensing requirements and fees

On March 13, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor authorized the use of all available state and local government resources necessary to cope with the disaster.

TDI expects carriers to work with their policyholders as they prepare for and respond to the spread of COVID-19. Carriers should look to the Governor’s ongoing declarations related to COVID-19 for guidance on how long to extend relief.


TWIA Policy Changes effective 1/2020

CADO Admin

All new and renewal TWIA policies with an effective date on or after January 1, 2020 will include updated coverages, terms, and conditions. Many of the changes are a result of recent revisions to the Texas Insurance Code by the Texas Legislature.


"The above is from the TWIA website"


Port Neches Response

Updated 12/7/19

Roy
The below is from the Port Neches Response website. Updated: 12/7/19 News Release # 19 Claims activities update: Approximately 200 claims representatives, including call center operators, field claim adjusters and claims processors, remain in the area. Residents seeking walk-in appointments at Claims Processing Centers are experiencing long wait times. Claims personnel are working to increase staffing at the processing centers to assist more people. Don’t wait in line: call (866) 601-5880 to make an appointment.

Monthly Atlantic Tropical Weather Summary

Source: National Hurricane Center

Roy
NHC is the source of the info below Monthly Tropical Weather Summary NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 800 AM EDT Fri Nov 1 2019 For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: Tropical cyclone activity during October was slightly above normal for the Atlantic basin. Five named storms formed during the month and one of them became a hurricane. Another hurricane, Lorenzo, carried over from the month of September. One tropical depression also formed and failed to strengthen. Based on a 30-year climatology (1981-2010), two named storms typically form in the basin in October, with one of them becoming a hurricane. A major hurricane forms in the basin in October about every third year.

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