Arthur Is Now the First Atlantic Hurricane of 2014: AIR Worldwide

BOSTON, July 3, 2014 – According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, Arthur officially became a hurricane at about 5 a.m. EDT today… when maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and central pressure of 985 mb were reported by Hurricane Hunter aircraft and NOAA Doppler radar. At that time the storm was located some 190 miles (305 km) southwest of Cape Fear, North Carolina, but the track of the storm has since begun to shift a little to the northeast and its forward speed has increased slightly. According to the…

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Northern Europe Cleans Up After Extratropical Cyclone Xaver: AIR

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BOSTON, Dec. 10, 2013 – According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, last week, Extratropical Cyclone Xaver affected large parts of northern Europe, particularly the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, southern Sweden, Poland, and the Czech Republic. Xaver followed approximately five weeks after Windstorm Christian battered Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, France, UK, and Sweden in late October. AIR estimated insured losses of between EUR 1.5 billion and EUR 2.3 billion from Christian. “Hurricane-force winds caused widespread power outages and travel disruptions throughout the region, but the…

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Extratropical Cyclone Xaver Moves Slowly Across Europe with Powerful Winds and Storm

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BOSTON, Dec. 6, 2013 – According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, Extratropical Cyclone Xaver has moved across Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Poland. Wind speeds were recorded at 158 km/h when the storm reached Germany and heavy winds affected the Netherlands, Poland, and parts of Scandinavia. Massive storm surges have occurred along the coasts of southeastern England, the Netherlands, and northern Germany. “Xaver developed off the coast of Greenland on December 4, 2013 and its development was enhanced by another low-pressure system, Wilhelm, which was located over the Norwegian…

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Catastrophic Destruction in the Central Philippines from Wind, Surge in Typhoon Haiyan’s Wake: AIR Worldwide

According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, in the three days since Super Typhoon Haiyan roared through the central Philippines, the scale of the devastation revealed in its wake continues to escalate. Preliminary analyses suggest that Haiyan (named Yolanda in the Philippines) may have been the strongest storm to make landfall anywhere in the world in recorded history. With sustained winds estimated at 315 km/h (196 mph) at its first landfall, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), the storm maintained impressive wind speeds as it traversed the Philippines.…

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One of the Most Powerful Typhoons Ever Recorded Strikes Philippines

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According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful tropical cyclones since modern record-keeping began, made  landfall at 5:00 a.m. local time on November 8, 2013 (21:00 UTC on November 7) near Guiuan, on the Philippine island of Samar. At that time, the Japan Meteorological  Agency (JMA) estimated a minimum central pressure of 895 millibars and maximum 10-minute sustained wind speeds of 266 km/h (165 mph). The Joint Typhoon Warning Center estimated maximum sustained wind speeds of 305 km/h (190 mph). According to AIR, since…

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Typhoon Wipha Causes Flooding and Mudslides in Izu Oshima before Dissipating: AIR

BOSTON, Oct. 16, 2013 – According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, although Typhoon Wipha did not make landfall on Japan’s main island of Honshu today,as had been expected, the storm brought soaking rain and gusty winds to much of both Honshu and Hokkaido, including the Tokyo region, which experienced a total of 150-300 mm (6-12 inches) of rain. Tokyo International Airport reported some of the highest sustained wind speeds in Japan from this storm: 79 km/h (49 mph) 10-min sustained and a 116 km/h (72 mph) gust. However, Tokyo…

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Tokyo Braces for Strongest Storm since 2004 as Typhoon Wipha Approaches: AIR Worldwide

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BOSTON, Oct. 15, 2013 – According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, Tokyo is bracing itself for its strongest typhoon since October 2004. Wipha, the eighth typhoon of 2013 and the 26th named tropical cyclone of the year, is a huge storm system currently moving northeastward toward Japan. It will likely follow the coast and pass close to Tokyo around the morning rush hour on Wednesday, bringing with it powerful winds and heavy rain. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), as of 14 UTC on October 15, Typhoon Wipha…

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In the Aftermath of Cyclone Phailin, Significant Damage Reported: AIR Worldwide

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BOSTON, Oct. 15, 2013 – According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, around 21:15 local time (15:45 UTC) on Saturday, October 12, Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Phailin made landfall on the eastern coast of India near Gopalpur in Odisha. Phailin was a large storm, with gale force winds (>63 km/h) extending 250 km on either side and storm force winds (>93 km/h) extending 100 km on either side. Results of simulations of Phailin using the AIR Tropical Cyclone Model for India indicate that insured wind losses to onshore properties in…

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Cyclone Phailin Makes Landfall in Odisha, India

According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, Cyclone Phailin made landfall in the Indian state of Odisha at around 9:15 p.m local time on Saturday. The massive storm, at half the size of India according to  satellite imagery, is the strongest to affect the country since 1999’s Cyclone Orissa, which killed nearly 10,000 people. Phailin is accompanied by strong winds, heavy rains, and damaging waves. Extensive property and crop damage is expected in the affected region. With power and communications cut off, damage information has been scarce overnight. A more…

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Hurricane Manuel Returns to Soak Northwestern Mexico: AIR Worldwide

According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, after rapidly dissipating on Monday night and being downgraded to a remnant tropical low, Manuel reformed and strengthened back to hurricane intensity on Wednesday.  The re-formation was aided by a reduction in wind shear over the past two days, as well as by the storm having moved back over the warm ocean waters off the western coast of Mexico.  Hurricane Manuel slowly drifted to the north-northwest at about 5 mph. This track, coupled with the storm’s slow forward speed, resulted in Manuel remaining…

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