storm surge News

Forecasters to Issue Special Maps, Warnings on Storm Surge

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center hope new color-coded maps they’re trying out this year will simplify two important points about storm surge for coastal residents: how far from the beach the water will spread and how high that water …

Proposal Envisions Artificial Islands Near N.Y. to Blunt Future Storm Surges

A string of artificial islands off the coast of New Jersey and New York could blunt the impact of storm surges that proved so deadly during Superstorm Sandy, according to a new proposal. It’s a big proposal — one that …

ACE Recreational Marine Introduces Policy Discount for Safety-Concious Boat Owners

ACE Recreational Marine, a nationwide recreational marine insurance provider and part of ACE Group, has introduced an optional endorsement that waives coverage for storm surge damage for those boat owners who are willing to move their vessels out of harm’s …

AIR Estimates Windstorm Xaver Insured Losses: $963 Million to $1.92 Billion

Catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide estimates that insured wind losses from Extratropical Cyclone Xaver will range between €700 million [$963 million] and €1.4 billion [$1.926 billion], with the majority of the losses in Denmark, Germany, and the UK. Losses also …

Report Looks Back at Why Sandy Caused So Much Flooding Damage Along Coast

Karen Clark & Company (KCC), independent experts in catastrophe risk, catastrophe models and catastrophe risk management, issued a report in conjunction with the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. One of the issues the report looks at is why the storm …

12 Strange Weather Features of Superstorm Sandy

Superstorm Sandy set several records and was unusual in even more ways. Here are 12 strange weather features of Sandy: 1. Size: With tropical-storm-force winds that extended for 1,000 miles, Sandy was the largest Atlantic system on record. However, meteorologists …

AIR Worldwide Analyzes ‘Significant Damage’ from Cyclone Phailin

According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide “Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Phailin made landfall on the eastern coast of India near Gopalpur in Odisha.” AIR said it was a “large storm, with gale force winds (63 km/h [39 mph]) extending …

$48M Floodgate Going into Operation in Terrebonne

A floodgate designed to insulate portions of Louisiana’s Terrebonne Parish from storm surge driven in from the Gulf of Mexico is being dedicated on Aug. 21. The Courier reports the $48 million Bubba Dove Floodgate in the Houma Navigation Canal …

Does Public Understand What Storm Forecasters Are Talking About?

During a hurricane, storm surge is one of the greatest threats to life and land, yet many people don’t understand the dire warnings from forecasters to get out of its way. So this season, forecasters hope to offer easy-to-understand, color-coded …

Readying for Sandy, New Jersey Transit Erred in Modeling Storm

New Jersey Transit incorrectly used federal government software that otherwise could have warned officials against a disastrous decision to leave hundreds of millions of dollars worth of equipment in a low-lying rail yard before Superstorm Sandy struck, a Reuters examination …