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Tropical Storm Polo to Strengthen to Hurricane off Mexico’s Pacific Coast

Excerpt of an article from the Reuters: Tropical Storm Polo is forecast to become a hurricane off Mexico’s Pacific Coast on Thursday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said, just days after a severe storm battered the Baja California peninsula. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE IN FULL.

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FSU Researchers Find New Ways to Measure Hurricanes

Excerpt of an article from the Tallahassee Democrat: A new study by Florida State University researchers demonstrates a different way of projecting a hurricane’s strength and intensity that could give the public a better idea of a storm’s potential for destruction. Continue reading

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King: Region Not Prepared Enough for Hurricanes

Excerpt of an article from Chron: Ten years ago yesterday, I wrote my first commentary for this paper. At the time, I was the mayor of Kemah and two years earlier, I had the daylights scared out of me by a hurricane named Lili. Lili was forecast to be a Category 3 storm, which would have flooded a good portion of Kemah. While the storm seemed to be heading straight for us, forecasters believed that a front coming through at the same time would push it to the east into Louisiana. Nonetheless, it seemed prudent to look at my city’s contingency plans. Continue reading

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Remembering Hurricane Ivan 10 Years Later, the Storm That Wouldn’t Die

Excerpt of an article from AL.com: Ten years after Hurricane Ivan, life is moving right along across coastal Alabama. Continue reading

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St. Mary’s 911 Center to be Bolstered Against Hurricanes

Excerpt of an article from SoMdNews: The St. Mary’s County 911 center in Leonardtown was built to withstand Category 1 hurricane-force winds, but its roof was not. On Tuesday, the county commissioners agreed to cover a shortfall in order to award a bid to replace the roof this fall to make it more resistant to stronger hurricanes. Continue reading

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Hurricanes on Both Coasts Bring Dangerous Surf

Excerpt of an article from ABC News: Beware of hurricanes straddling the United States even though they may not crash directly into either coast. Continue reading

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Ask Tom: Where Do Hurricanes Strike More Often?

Excerpt of an article from the Chicago Tribune: The archives of the National Weather Service’s National Hurricane Center indicate that, since 1900, the number of hurricanes making landfall on the Gulf Coast of the United States is almost identical to the number striking the Atlantic Coast. Continue reading

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IBHS Launches Fortified Home™-Hurricane Program

The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) launched a construction program designed to strengthen homes against the high winds and wind-driven rain of hurricanes. The program, Fortified Home™- Hurricane, was launched in conjunction with the 22nd anniversary of Hurricane Andrew on August 24. “Andrew devastated southern Florida and was the second costliest hurricane to affect the United States based on insured losses,” says Julie Rochman, president and CEO of IBHS. “It changed the … Continue reading

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House Passes Bill to Reauthorize National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program

The House of Representatives passed a bill this week that calls for an amendment of the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act of 2004. The bill, the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act Reauthorization of 2013 (H.R. 1786), authorizes funding for increased research to reduce the vulnerability of homes and businesses to wind-related hazards. The bill was voted on in the House Monday and passed to the Senate Tuesday. “When a family loses their home in a … Continue reading

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IBHS Meets with White House on Resilience and Mitigation Issues

A group of property/casualty insurance senior executives and CEOs met with senior White House officials last week to discuss resilience, property mitigation and related issues. Julie Rochman, CEO of the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), a research firm dedicated to making homes more resistant to extreme weather damages, was in attendance. “As the property insurance industry’s building science research arm, IBHS is very focused on mitigating homes and businesses to make them … Continue reading

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