After a historic 2017, experts say we can expect a much less volatile hurricane season in 2018. Increased hurricane activity mustchange the conversation around flood coverage between agents andbrokers and their clients. (Photo: Shuttersock)

We've been here before. Only this time, we need to truly learnsomething from what is happening.

As I write this, Hurricane Harvey is relentlessly lashing theLone Star State with a deadly trifecta of heavy rains, high windsand, as if that wasn't enough, tornadoes. More than 30 inches of rain (9 trillion gallonsof water, enough to fill the entire Great Salt Lake in Salt LakeCity — twice) has been dumped on the Greater Houston area andSoutheast Texas. It is a disaster of unprecedented magnitude, andat press time, it is still not over.

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Shawn Moynihan

Shawn Moynihan is Editor-in-Chief of National Underwriter Property & Casualty. A St. John’s University alum, Moynihan has earned 11 Jesse H. Neal Awards, the Pulitzers of the business press; seven Azbee Awards, from the American Society of Business Press Editors; two Folio Awards; and a SABEW award, from the Society of American Business Editors & Writers. Prior to joining ALM, he served as Managing Editor/Online Editor of journalism institution Editor & Publisher, the trade bible of the newspaper industry. Moynihan also has held editorial positions with AOL, Metro New York, and Newhouse Newspapers. He can be reached at [email protected].