April 18, 2018
According to the Insurance Journal, an early forecast for the 2018 hurricane season calls for a slightly above-average season with 14 named storms, seven hurricanes, and three major hurricanes.
Dr. Philip Klotzbach of Colorado State University (CSU), a non-resident scholar for the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.), released CSU’s first extended range forecast for the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.
A typical year has 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and three major hurricanes. Major hurricanes have sustained wind speeds of at least 111 miles per hour (e.g., a Category 3 or higher), according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was the busiest in the U.S. since 2005. Ten of last year’s 17 named storms reached hurricane strength, meaning they had sustained winds of at least 74 miles per hour and six of the 10 hurricanes were major ones. Klotzbach will be updating his 2018 forecast on May 31.
The Atlantic hurricane season will officially begin on June 1, 2018, and end on November 30, 2018. Before the season begins, you should review your insurance policies. Don’t wait until after you have a loss to check your insurance, as you don’t want to be caught off guard by unexpected deductibles, inadequate coverage or worse yet, missing coverage. Talk to your agent and take the time to review your homeowners or renters policies to make you have the proper coverage to protect your valued belongings and property. It all starts with a complimentary insurance review. FL Based Agent or All Agents
2018 Hurricane Names:
Since there are sometimes multiple hurricanes at a particular time, naming them helps to avoid confusion. Since 1979, the World Meteorological Organization has used six lists of names — both male and female — in rotation. Each list contains a name for each letter of the alphabet, except for Q, U and Z.