Posts Tagged ‘Windstorm’



November 30th, 2016

Sevier County Wildfires

Posted at 3:49 PM ET

sevier_county_wildfires-sm2Wildfire activity has rendered severe impacts to areas of Sevier County, Tennessee including the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge areas. The fire activity began late Sunday on Chimney Tops Mountain as a 10 acre fire that grew at an extreme rate Monday evening due to strong, gusty winds. Wind gusts well in excess of 60 mph carried embers a considerable distance to start new fires in extremely dry vegetation from recent drought. Gusty winds also brought trees down onto powerlines sparking new fires in surrounding dry vegetation.

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November 10th, 2016

Asia Pacific Catastrophe Report 2016: Executive Summary: Post-El Niño: Part II

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

bromo-volcano-east-java-indonesia-smIn June, the Guy Carpenter Asia-Pacific Climate Impact Centre (GCACIC) and the School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong, released the 2016 predictions for tropical cyclone formations and landfalls. The predictions were for the period from May through October for three regions:

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November 9th, 2016

Asia Pacific Catastrophe Report 2016: Executive Summary: Post-El Niño: Part I

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

bromo-volcano-east-java-indonesia-smThe U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center predicts there is 55 percent to 60 percent chance that strong El Niño conditions will transition to La Niña conditions in the fall and winter of 2016-2017.(1) This kind of transition year has been observed four times since 1950 (1966, 1973, 1983 and 1998).

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October 25th, 2016

Super Typhoon Haima, Typhoon Sarika

Posted at 2:41 PM ET

typhoon_haima_typhoon_sarika-smIn the Northwest Pacific Basin, Typhoon Sarika and Super Typhoon Haima have recently affected areas of the Philippines, Vietnam and Mainland China. Both typhoons made landfall in the northern Philippines within a week, as a Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Reported impacts in the northern Philippines have been especially severe, with reports of moderate to complete damage over areas of northern Luzon. Damage from wind, flooding and mudslides have been reported, together with reports of downed trees and powerlines.

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October 11th, 2016

GC Capital Ideas Top CAT-i Stories for the Third Quarter, 2016

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Here we review the top five CAT-i stories covering July through September of 2016.

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October 10th, 2016

Hurricane Matthew

Posted at 3:38 PM ET

hurricane-matthew-smHurricane Matthew became a rare Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph. The hurricane followed the western edge of a subtropical ridge to inflict catastrophic damage to Haiti as a Category 4 hurricane before crossing eastern Cuba, and turning to the northwest through the Bahamas towards Florida.

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September 28th, 2016

Typhoon Megi

Posted at 1:40 PM ET

typhoon-megi-smIn the Northwest Pacific Basin, Typhoon Megi made landfall in central Taiwan Tuesday afternoon, local time. The typhoon brought reports of excessive rainfall, flash-flooding, and roof damage for affected areas. Isolated rainfall amounts exceeding 1,250 millimeters (50 inches) were reported, with general rainfall amounts of 250 millimeters (10 inches) or more.

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September 16th, 2016

Super Typhoon Meranti

Posted at 2:07 PM ET

super_typhoon_meranti-smSuper Typhoon Meranti made close approach to southern Taiwan with one-minute sustained winds of 305 kilometers per hour (190 mph), among the strongest tropical cyclones on record. Meranti rendered significant flooding and wind impacts to southern Taiwan, with nearly 800 millimeters (32 inches) of rainfall for some locations. Meranti then weakened to make final landfall on Mainland China in Fujian Province with one-minute sustained winds of 170 kilometers per hour (105 mph). Meranti rendered significant flood impacts and damage to infrastructure following final landfall. At least 11 fatalities and 82 injuries have been reported. Our first thoughts and concerns are with those lost and directly affected by this event.

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September 7th, 2016

Hurricane Newton

Posted at 1:37 PM ET

hurricane-newton-smHurricane Newton made landfall near Cabo San Lucas, Mexico early Tuesday morning, with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph according to National Hurricane Center (NHC) advisories. Media reports indicate at least two dead and three missing. The hurricane brought tropical storm to hurricane conditions for affected areas, with reports of downed trees and power lines and some light structural damage. Reported impacts are not as severe as those of Hurricane Odile, which struck the area in 2014 as a major hurricane.

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September 2nd, 2016

Hurricane Hermine

Posted at 11:52 AM ET

hurricane-hermine-smHurricane Hermine made landfall overnight near Saint Marks, Florida, with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). This is the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida since Hurricane Wilma (October, 2005). Impacts under storm surge have been quite severe for some areas of the northwest Florida coast including Cedar Key. The storm has also caused downed trees and powerlines with some structural damage. The full extent of impacts from this event is still being determined as recovery and assessment efforts are still underway. Our first thoughts and concerns are with those lost and directly affected by this event.

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