The high activity level of last year's storm season may lead toa shortage of claims adjusters to assess hurricane damage in 2005,according to one industry professional.

James Costner, senior vice president for Willis North AmericaProperty Practice, based in New York, noted that the industry hasbeen slow to adjust claims throughout the Caribbean, and thatclaims still remain outstanding from 2004.

His comments came in the wake of Hurricane Emily's damage toMexico's Yucatan peninsula. That region, Mr. Costner noted, housesmore than 50,000 hotel rooms, "a major size by any definition,"putting it on a scale with New York or Las Vegas.

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