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How this year’s hurricane season ranks

December 1, 2023 by Jason Contant

The 2023 Atlantic hurricane season has officially come to an end, ranking fourth for the most named storms in a year since 1950. The above-normal season, which officially ended Nov. 30, saw 20 named storms, including seven hurricanes and three

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What could cause a ‘nasty’ hurricane season?

August 10, 2023 Seth Borenstein - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Record hot ocean temperatures and a tardy El Nino are doubling the chances of a nasty Atlantic hurricane season this summer and fall, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday. With the Atlantic hurricane season already well above normal

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How busy will Atlantic hurricane season be?  

May 25, 2023 Seth Borenstein - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 

Two clashing climatic behemoths, one natural and one with human fingerprints, will square off this summer to determine how quiet or chaotic the Atlantic hurricane season will be.   An El Nino is brewing and the natural weather event dramatically dampens

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How automation’s shifting on-site claims work to bigger losses

February 23, 2023 Philip Porado

COVID-19 accelerated development of process efficiencies for insurance adjusters. Pre-pandemic, data-gathering and communications systems began shifting many claims to desk teams, creating efficiencies for adjusters by reserving site visits for complex cases. “What COVID did was expedite some of that

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What the forecast says for Cats in 2023

February 16, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

After a severe NatCat year in Canada in 2022, all signs point toward warmer, drier conditions in 2023 and a quiet hurricane season. With that, however, meteorologists predict this year will make Top 5 list for warmest years on record

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Does Canada have enough hurricane data for parametric solutions?

December 13, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

When it comes to assessing hurricane risk exposure, there’s a data gap between the U.S and Canada, said a panellist in a Canadian Underwriter webinar.  “There’s definitely a gap between the U.S. and Canada,” said Carl Bernier, NatCat specialist at

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Which insured perils are of most concern to your clients?

December 5, 2022 by David Gambrill

Winter storms and severe rain or flooding events top the list of insured perils concerning Canadians, according to a new Angus Reid poll commissioned by First Onsite Property Restoration. Nationally, concern about winter storms (67%) edged out worries about severe

Rubble and damage from Hurricane Fiona in Newfoundland
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What happened to the ‘quiet’ hurricane season?

September 30, 2022 by Jason Contant

Not long ago, hurricane season began very quietly with no North Atlantic hurricanes in all of August. But now it appears 2022 could produce a record-breaking hurricane. Property data provider CoreLogic is predicting Hurricane Ian could be the costliest Florida

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Hurricane risk: What the future holds for Canada

September 23, 2022 by Jason Contant

Canada will be increasingly at risk for more frequent and severe hurricanes going forward due to climate change, Swiss Re told Canadian Underwriter in an interview Friday. “Sea surface temperatures [are] rising, which means storms will be able to travel

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Where and when Hurricane Fiona is projected to hit Canada

September 21, 2022 by Jason Contant

Environment Canada (EC) has issued a tropical cyclone warning for the Atlantic provinces and southern Quebec as Hurricane Fiona is expected to impact the region starting Thursday evening and continuing into weekend. “This storm is shaping up to be a

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What’s Hurricane Fiona’s projected path into Canada?

September 19, 2022 by Jason Contant

Hurricane Fiona could strike Atlantic Canada with tropical storm-force winds or stronger by Saturday, according to projections from the hurricane forecasters in Canada and the U.S. An advisory issued 5 a.m. AST on Monday by the U.S. National Hurricane Center

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2022 hurricane season: Does a quiet start mean a quiet end?

September 7, 2022 by Jason Contant

Despite predictions of an “above normal” hurricane season this year, it’s started off with a whimper. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it will stay that way, said Glenn McGillivray, managing director of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR). In