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RAYMONDVILLE, Texas — Tropical Storm Hermine gave a wet and windy punch to Texas on Tuesday but left only minor scrapes in the storm-weary Rio Grande Valley, which is proving resilient this hurricane season after taking a third tropical system on the chin.

Hermine lost steam after crossing into Texas with tropical-storm strength. A peeled-back motel roof in the coastal farming town of Raymondville and scattered power outages were about the Read the rest of this entry »

Hurricane season might seem been pretty tame so far, particularly in light of the predictions for a highly active year.

Through the first seven weeks, a hurricane and two tropical storms have emerged, about average activity.

But the meanest stretch ” the seven weeks from mid-August through early October ” is here and “now the game starts,” said Stanley Goldenberg, a research meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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William Gray, who pioneered seasonal hurricane forecasting at Colorado State University 26 years ago, rings a bell each Aug. 20 and tells colleagues, “I have been appointed by Chicken Little to inform you that the heart of the hurricane season has begun.”

This year, Gray and meteorologists at the U.S. National Hurricane Center say there’s more reason for concern that the sky will fall than any time since 2005, when Hurricane Katrina devastated Read the rest of this entry »

WASHINGTON?Catastrophe modeler EQECAT Inc. estimates that the two winter storms that raked the mid-Atlantic region earlier this month caused more than $2 billion in insured losses.

Two storms struck the area, the first beginning on Feb. 5 and the second last week, leaving some parts of the Washington metropolitan area with more than 30 inches of accumulated snow.

Oakland, Calif.-based EQECAT based its estimate on a preliminary Read the rest of this entry »

MIAMI – Hurricane Bill, the first hurricane of the 2009 Atlantic season, strengthened into a Category 3 storm on Tuesday with top winds near 125 miles per hour, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Hurricanes of Category 3 or higher on the five-step Saffir-Simpson intensity scale are considered “major” and are the most destructive type.

Bill was moving through the Atlantic on a path that would take it west of Bermuda by the weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug. 17 (Bloomberg) — Catastrophe bonds, used by investors to bet against natural disasters, climbed to their highest level this year as hurricane outlooks called for a calmer season.

The Swiss Re Cat Bond Price Return Index advanced 0.3 percent to 90.56 on Aug. 14, the sixth straight weekly gain, as investors bet insurers are less likely to collect on the securities.

Insurers, including Chubb Corp. and Assurant Inc., sell the Read the rest of this entry »

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (Reuters) – Colorado State University hurricane forecaster Bill Gray said on Wednesday he may reduce his next Atlantic season forecast because sea temperatures are cooling and a weak El Nino may appear by late summer.

“Things are looking better and better for fewer storms,” Gray told Reuters in an interview at the Florida Governor’s Hurricane Conference in Fort Lauderdale.

“Off the west African coast there’s Read the rest of this entry »