Atlantic hurricane season 2016 News

Top Florida Stories of 2016: The End of Florida’s Hurricane Drought

In September, Hurricane Hermine broke Florida’s hurricane drought that had lasted since 2005. The category 1 storm hit the Florida Panhandle, bringing significant storm surge to the Tampa Bay area before slowly traveling up the Eastern Seaboard. The storm weakened …

A Look Back at 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season

The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season concluded on Nov. 30 with 15 named storms generating seven hurricanes, three of which were considered major ones, according to the industry’s Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said it …

New Forecasting, Damage Assessment Tools Track Hurricane Matthew

As Hurricane Matthew rolled toward Florida earlier this week, the meteorologists at Verisk Analytics were tracking its every move. They weren’t just plotting the usual meteorological stuff, though, and making the usual forecasts: wind speed, rainfall, sea-swell. They also were armed …

Florida’s First Hurricane in 11 Years ‘Could Have Been a Lot Worse’ for Industry

  The 11-year hurricane drought in Florida is officially over. While preliminary damage estimates and claims are still trickling in from Hurricane Hermine, Florida’s first named hurricane since 2005, the consensus from the insurance industry is it could have been …

Thousands in Florida Capitol Still Without Power Days After Hermine

The big question in Tallahassee is whether you have power, and whether you think local officials are to blame for the grinding pace of restoring electricity following Hurricane Hermine. The rising anger played on social media and in the political …

Northeast Coast Spared Hermine’s Worst

Atlantic storm Hermine drifted north on Monday off the U.S. East Coast, still packing near-hurricane strength winds but far enough from land to spare the Middle Atlantic states. Forecasters warned swimmers and boaters along the Eastern Seaboard to stay out …

Insurers Seen ‘Easily’ Handling Hermine Losses

Hurricane Hermine, which is poised to land in Florida Friday, may result in “manageable” losses for the insurance industry, according to Keefe Bruyette & Woods analyst Meyer Shields. The storm is forecast to hit northwest Florida, a region of the …

Hermine Weakens As It Hits Florida Panhandle; Some Flooding, Power Outages Expected

Hermine, the first hurricane to strike Florida since 2005, has weakened to a tropical storm as it moves inland, after threatening soy and cotton crops and leaving large swaths of the region at risk of blackouts. Hermine’s top winds were at …

Tropical Storm Fiona, 6th Storm of 2016, Forms in Central Tropical Atlantic

Tropical Storm Fiona, which formed more than 900 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands, is forecast to track across the open Atlantic for at least the next five days, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Fiona, the sixth storm …

Colorado State Ups Atlantic Hurricane Forecast to 15 Storms

Colorado State University edged up its seasonal Atlantic hurricane forecast to 15, three more than in an average year. The new prediction is that six of those storms will become hurricanes and two will grow into major systems with winds …