2011 hurricane season

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Early estimates of hurricane Irene insured losses put at up to $3 billion

Hurricane Irene weakened sufficiently both prior to landfall in North Carolina and as she moved up the U.S. coastline to significantly reduce the potential for insured losses from the storm. Early estimates from risk modelling firms EQECAT and Kinetic Analysis both suggest that insured losses of up to a maximum read the full article →

Weakened hurricane Irene approaching New York and major northeast U.S. cities

It's clear now that hurricane Irene will come very close to New York city and that on her passage to the north she will affect many of the major northeast U.S. population centres. Hurricane Irene is a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of 80mph. By the time she read the full article →

Hurricane Irene, update prior to landfall

Update: Irene made landfall around 7.30am ET about 60 miles south west of Cape Hatteras with maximum sustained winds of 85mph.The centre of Irene will move across eastern North Carolina today and over southern New England tomorrow, Sunday. Irene is forecast to remain a hurricane as it moves near or read the full article →

Hurricane Irene batters Bahamas, takes aim at U.S. coast

Hurricane Irene has now left the Bahamas islands behind after striking them with devastating winds and storm surges. The main capital of Nassau escaped the brunt of the storm but other, less inhabited islands such as Abaco, took a near direct hit and will be counting the cost this morning. read the full article →

Hurricane Irene a potential threat to many catastrophe bonds

Hurricane Irene has now intensified into a major Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 115mph. The storm is forecast to intensify further as she makes her way through the Bahamas before heading for the U.S. coastline. Where exactly she will hit the U.S. coast, or if she even read the full article →

Intensity and direction of hurricane Irene increasingly uncertain

Weather conditions are making it increasingly difficult to forecast how powerful hurricane Irene will get and the direction she will head in towards the U.S. coastline. The forecast path of hurricane Irene predicted by the models has shifted slightly further east, showing a landfall late Saturday afternoon somewhere between Wilmington read the full article →

Hurricane Irene intensifying, heading for Turks & Caicos, Bahamas and the U.S.

Update: Hurricane Irene has now become a strong Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 100mph and higher gusts. Forecasts now show Irene strengthening further to a Category 3 storm with winds of up to 125mph by the time the storm passes through the Bahamas and could make Category read the full article →

Tropical storm Irene approaching hurricane strength

Update: Irene has now reached hurricane strength with 75mph+ sustained winds.The 9th named tropical storm of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season, Irene, looks like it has the potential to be the most impactful of the season so far. Currently Irene is close to making landfall on Puerto Rico in the read the full article →

Forecasters suggest a hurricane could threaten U.S. late next week

U.S. based weather forecaster Accuweather, has published an article suggesting that tropical waves currently in the mid Atlantic could become organised and intensify into a hurricane which may threaten the U.S. coastline later next week. specifically they are referring to area of investigation 97L which you can on the tracking read the full article →

Accuweather expect Atlantic storm season to intensify after 17th August

Weather forecaster Accuweather say that the conditions in the Atlantic basin are becoming conducive to tropical storm formation and that we can expect to see a number of named tropical storms form in the near future. The next week, they say, will contain a minimal threat of hurricane landfall to read the full article →