Catastrophe risk modeling firm AIR Worldwide has estimated that industry insured losses resulting from Hurricane Dorian's impact to the Caribbean will range from $1.5 billion to $3 billion.

Hurricane Dorian made landfall on St. Thomas on August 28 as a Category 1 hurricane. Dorian then tracked through and out of the Virgin Islands. Favorable conditions in the Caribbean Sea and Lesser Antilles fueled Dorian's development, resulting in rapid intensification into a major Category 4 hurricane on August 31. Further intensification occurred, and Dorian reached Category 5 intensity on September 1, becoming the strongest hurricane to affect the northwestern Bahamas in the modern record.

Dorian made landfall on Great Abaco Island on September 1, with maximum sustained winds of 185 m.p.h. and a minimum central pressure of 911 m.b. — ultimately bottoming out at 910 m.b. a few hours later.

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Victoria Spears

Victoria Prussen Spears is senior vice president of Meyerowitz Communications Inc., a law firm marketing communications consulting company. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Brooklyn Law School, Ms. Spears was an attorney at a leading New York City law firm before joining Meyerowitz Communications. She may be contacted at [email protected].