Posts Tagged ‘rains’



September 14th, 2017

Hurricane Irma - Update

Posted at 7:58 AM ET

hurricane-irma-9-13-smHurricane Irma was a large and destructive storm that rendered impacts to most of the Southeast United States including the Florida Keys as well as areas of the Caribbean. Impacts for areas of the Northern Leeward Islands and the Virgin Islands, as well as northern Cuba have been especially severe. For the United States, the most severe impacts have been in the Florida Keys due to both wind and storm surge, with flood impacts as far away as coastal Georgia and northeast Florida. Wind impacts extend from Tennessee to the Carolinas to Florida. At least 67 fatalities have been reported. It will take time to fully assess the full scope and severity of this ongoing event, and our first thoughts and concerns are with those directly affected.

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September 11th, 2017

Hurricane Irma

Posted at 2:41 PM ET

hurricane-irma-smHurricane Irma affected areas of the Caribbean and northern Cuba as a Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale, while also passing near Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Impacts in areas of the northern Leeward Islands and northern Cuba have been especially severe. While affecting northern Cuba, Irma weakened to a Category 3 hurricane before turning north towards the Florida Keys.

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September 1st, 2017

Hurricane Harvey – Update

Posted at 7:03 AM ET

hurricane-harvey-8-31-smFollowing initial landfall, Hurricane Harvey continued to meander over southeast Texas while weakening to tropical storm status due to land interaction. Harvey then briefly emerged over the Gulf of Mexico before turning to the northeast and making a third landfall near Cameron, Louisiana, early Wednesday morning as a tropical storm. Harvey has since continued to move to the north-northeast and weakened further due to land interaction and dry air. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) downgraded Harvey from tropical storm to tropical depression status at 8 p.m. EDT on August 30, and discontinued tropical storm warnings at that time.

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August 29th, 2017

Hurricane Harvey - Update

Posted at 7:45 AM ET

tropical-storm-harvey-track-sm Hurricane Harvey made landfall around 11 p.m. EDT, August 25, on the Texas coastline between Port Aransas and Port O’Connor. The hurricane made landfall as a rare Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale, with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph and a minimum central pressure of 938 millibars (mb). Harvey then moved inland and began to drift with weak or absent steering currents over subsequent days. Harvey produced significant wind impacts near the immediate impact area along with a considerable storm surge. The slow motion of the weakening hurricane also produced bands of thunderstorms that produced very heavy rainfall over southeast Texas. These rainfall amounts, well in excess of 20 inches for certain areas, have produced catastrophic flood impacts over southeast Texas including the Houston metro area. Impacts include light to moderate wind and tornado damage with downed trees and powerlines, along with flood impacts of variable severity, and significant impact reports from the Houston metro area. Damage to local infrastructure in affected areas has been reported. The storm has caused at least six fatalities according to media reports.

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August 25th, 2017

Hurricane Harvey

Posted at 1:48 PM ET

hurricane-harvey-smHurricane Harvey poses an active threat to the Texas coast as a major hurricane. According to the 3 p.m. EDT National Hurricane Center (NHC) position advisory, Hurricane Harvey carries maximum sustained winds of 120 mph, a Category-3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. Harvey is located about 75 miles southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, and is approaching the coast on a northwesterly track at 10 MPH. The central pressure has dropped to 943 millibars (mb), and this likely will bring further increase in winds prior to landfall. Harvey is expected to make landfall on the Texas coast late Friday into early Saturday as a major hurricane. Tropical storm conditions are already well underway for certain areas of the Texas coast according to the NHC. Following landfall, Harvey is expected by the NHC to weaken and meander eastward along the Texas coast next week.

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July 24th, 2017

Guy Carpenter Asia-Pacific Climate Impact Centre Publishes New Annual Report

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

gcacic_advThe report, covering the Centre’s activities during 2016, is divided into five sections.

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June 12th, 2017

GC Capital Ideas CAT-i Stories: For First Half, 2017

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Here is a look back at the CAT-i stories covering January through mid-June of 2017.

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May 12th, 2017

Canada Flood Events, May 6 - 11

Posted at 7:06 AM ET

canadaflood-5-11-map-smA slow-moving upper-level weather pattern with an embedded frontal system has brought periods of heavy rainfall to areas of eastern Canada to include the Saint Lawrence, Ottawa and Rideau Rivers and surrounding watersheds. The heavy rainfall together with melting snow has caused significant flooding for areas of southern Québec and eastern Ontario to include areas of Montréal and the National Capital Region. Flood control measures in north Montréal were also compromised, causing the flood threat to amplify. At least 4,141 homes have been flooded in Québec. More heavy rainfall is expected over the coming days.

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May 4th, 2017

Midwestern United States Flood/SCS Event, April 28 – May 4

Posted at 2:36 PM ET

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A significant severe thunderstorm outbreak with heavy rainfall has affected areas from the Southern Plains to the Great Lakes and Northeast, with historic flooding in parts of the Central Mississippi Valley. Significant rainfall amounts of over ten inches occurred over saturated soils of the Central Mississippi Valley and surrounding watersheds. The rainfall produced historic flooding on some rivers, and the Mississippi River itself is expected to approach record flood stage at Cape Girardeau over the coming days. Flood impacts have been locally severe and include reports of property damage, numerous road closures, evacuations and water rescues. A levee breach has forced evacuations near Pocahontas, Arkansas.

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January 16th, 2017

Chart: Top Ten Significant Insured Loss Events: 2016

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

The table lists the latest estimates for the top ten significant insured loss events for 2016.

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