Hurricane Jova Makes Landfall on Mexico’s Southwest Pacific Coast; Has Since Decreased to Tropical Storm Strength

BOSTON, Oct. 12, 2011 – According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, Hurricane Jova made landfall as a Category 2 storm in a sparsely populated stretch of the Mexican state of Jalisco, near the town of Chamela at 23:00 local time yesterday (6:00 UTC today). Maximum sustained winds at landfall were nearly 100 mph, as originally forecast. High waves and heavy rain were also reported. “Today, Jova’s most significant threat is that from precipitation; even prior to making landfall, Jova’s outer rain bands brought heavy rainfall to Mexico’s southwest coast,”…

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Hurricane Jova Heads Toward Mexico

According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, Jova, the ninth hurricane of the eastern Pacific season and the tenth named storm is 250 miles southwest of the port city of Manzanillo (population 100,000) in the state of Colima, Mexico. As of the National Hurricane Center’s 8:00 a.m. PDT advisory today, the storm is tracking east at 5 mph. Having undergone significant intensification overnight, maximum sustained winds are now 125 mph with higher gusts. “The storm is a significant threat because it is slow-moving, and the potential exists for major flooding…

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Hurricane Maria Makes Landfall On Newfoundland and Quickly Becomes Post-Tropical

BOSTON, Sept. 17, 2011 – According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, Extratropical Storm Maria made landfall as a minimal Category 1 hurricane on Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula near Cape Pine on Friday afternoon about 4:00 pm local time (2:30 pm EDT) after a long journey off the entire coastline of eastern North America. By the time of the National Hurricane Center’s (NHC) 5:00 pm (EDT) Advisory on Friday, Maria already had crossed the peninsula and entered the waters of the north Atlantic. “It was moving at nearly 60 mph and…

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Three storms in the Atlantic have insurers and storm watchers worried

As the hurricane season continues its slow march, new storms are appearing in the Atlantic Ocean, spurring concerns that this season may make good on the promise of unusually high activity. The National Hurricane Center has been tracking Hurricane Katia for a number of weeks as it has hovered just off the East Coast, fluctuating between hurricane status and that of a tropical storm. Two new storms have sprouted in the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico, and both have storm watchers worried. At present, Katia is designated as a…

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Irene Weakens to Tropical Storm as it Makes Landfall on New York’s Coney Island

BOSTON, Aug. 28, 2011 – According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, Irene deviated slightly from the NHC forecast track yesterday, taking a slight westward shift before resuming its north-northeast direction. This brought the center of the storm into New Jersey, near Little Egg Inlet, for its second landfall at 5:30 am this morning. Sustained winds, as reported by the NHC, were 75 mph. “It is worth noting, however, that as yet there have been no onshore wind observations of greater than tropical storm force since Irene made landfall near…

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Hurricane Irene Batters Bahamas on Way toward U.S. East Coast

BOSTON, Aug. 25, 2011 – According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, Hurricane Irene is passing through the central Bahamas islands this morning after a night of battering the southern islands with heavy rains and strong winds. At the time of the National Hurricane Center’s 8:00 am EDT Advisory, Category 3 Hurricane Irene was about 65 miles east-northeast of Nassau, the capital and largest city of the Bahamas. Irene’s maximum sustained winds are 115 miles per hour with higher gusts. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the…

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Tropical Storm Gert to Brush Bermuda

BOSTON, Aug. 15, 2011 — According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, the seventh named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, Tropical Storm Gert, is approaching Bermuda and is expected to skirt the island before turning back out to sea, away from the U.S. east coast. The tropical depression that is now Gert formed in the Atlantic late Saturday night, and was upgraded to tropical storm status by Sunday afternoon. As of today’s 11:00 AM EDT advisory from the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Gert was located about 95 miles southeast…

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