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A Guide To The 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Given the scale of natural disasters already experienced in 2011not to mention the dire predictions being made by meteorological experts and forecastersone gets the feeling that the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season is going to abide by Murphy's Law: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.

Even though recent predictions by forecasters indicate an expectation of fewer tropical storms forming in 2011 than 2010, they still predict a year of activity that is far above average. And with no significant land-falling hurricanes in 2010, many may be feeling the industry's luck has run out.

To kick off our coverage of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season and keep you in the know, this guide serves to give you the latest coverage of weather forecasts, techniques for handling catastrophe claims and modeling hurricane risks, storm names, and more.

Throughout the year, we'll also be constantly updating our list of stories related to the tropical storm season. Go to 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season and bookmark it to stay up to date on's continuing coverage as we post it.


Hurricane Predictions 2011Forecaster Consensus: Atlantic Storm Season Will Be A Busy One
By Eric Gilkey

As the 2011 Atlantic tropical storm season gets underway today, most forecasters indicate it will be a busy year for storms, with a high likelihood of a hurricane making landfall along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.


2011 Atlantic Storm Season A Refined Approach to Modeling U.S. Hurricane Risk
By Dr. Claire Souch

Innovations in science and the availability of storm data have led to a refined approach for assessing inland storm decay, building vulnerability, and storm surge. Insurers can utilize these innovations to prepare for the predicted “above-average” levels of activity ahead.


Bad Faith and Catastrophe ClaimsAvoiding Bad Faith When Handling Catastrophe Claims
By Dennis J. Wall, Esq.

Catastrophe claims are not just bigger than other claims, they also present their own issues, and are in fact too big and too complex for you to be expected to handle them alone.


Hurricane Names 2011Atlantic Tropical Storm Season Names for 2011
By Eric Gilkey

Wondering which tropical storm names we’ll be discussing in the news this year? Here is the list of names that will be used when tropical storms form in the Atlantic.


IBHS TestIBHS Demonstrates Effects of Hurricane-Force Winds—Video

In October 2010, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) conducted several full-scale high-wind/hurricane test demonstrations at its multi-risk Research Center in South Carolina.



Predictions for 2011 Atlantic Hurricane SeasonPredicting 2011 Hurricane Season Could Be Tough
By Tamara Lush, Associated Press

The tough task of guessing what hurricane season will look like could be even more difficult this year for forecasters, who won't be able to rely on the relatively predictable forces known as El Nino and La Nina.


Insurers' Pockets Empty?Fitch: Hurricane Season Arrives As Many 2011 Cat Budgets Already Exhausted
By Phil Gusman

As the U.S. prepares for what forecasters say will be another above-average hurricane season, Fitch Ratings says first-quarter global catastrophes and the spring tornadoes have already exhausted many reinsurers’ 2011 catastrophe budgets.

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