An early update on Hurricane Lili’s impact on Louisiana suggests that losses with be in the billions. An alert from AIR Worldwide Corp. suggests that wind damage from the category 2 hurricane alone could reach US$600 million. The AIR tropical cyclone team had originally predicted losses of US$2 billion, but fortunately Lili weakened in force before making landfall south of Lafayett, Louisiana Thursday morning. Originally Lili was a category 4 hurricane that ravaged Mexico earlier in the week. Another factor contributing to lower losses is Lili’s location the storm touched down in a sparsely populated stretch of coast near Marsh Island, in the western part of Vermillion Bay. The storm is expected to weaken as it heads further inland, but AIR cautions that a worsening of the hurricane, or a change in direction, could lead to a higher loss tally. The estimate also does not include flood losses.