NBC News - Tropical Storm Ana was headed straight for Hawaii Wednesday morning and was expected to intensify into a hurricane by Thursday night and impact Honolulu. As of 5 a.m. local time (11 a.m. EST) the storm was about 680 miles south east of Hilo, on The Big Island, and about 900 miles from the capital, according to the National Weather Service. Ana had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph and was moving west at about 9 mph, forecasters said. The storm is expected to turn northwest later Wednesday night or early Thursday and become a Category 1 hurricane, meaning winds of 74-95 mph.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
FOX News - A tropical depression is on track to become a hurricane and could hit Hawaiis Big Island later this week. The storm is headed toward Hawaii Islands Puna region, which was hit hard by Tropical Storm Iselle in August, according to Meteorologist Tom Evans of the National Weather Service in Honolulu. "This is the last thing they need," he said. Tropical Depression Two-C was about 920 miles east-southeast of Hilo, travelling 10 miles per hour Monday morning. It is expected to strengthen and become a hurricane Wednesday and then arrive in Hawaii Saturday morning.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
FOX News - The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Gonzalo has formed in the Caribbean and could threaten Puerto Rico as a hurricane within days. The center says the storm is currently centered about 200 miles east of the Leeward Islands with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour. It is moving to the west at 10 mph. Tropical storm warnings have been issued for the Leeward Islands. Forecasters expect it to strengthen into a hurricane over the next couple days and could reach Puerto Rico by Tuesday as a Category 1 storm.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Reuters - Japan was bracing on Friday for its strongest storm this year, a super typhoon powering north toward the Okinawa island chain that threatens to rake a wide swathe of the nation with strong winds and torrential rain. Typhoon Vongfong, which at one point rivaled last year’s devastating Haiyan in strength, was weakening slightly as it moved across the open ocean, but still packed winds gusting as high as 259 kph (160 mph). "There is no question that it is an extremely large, extremely powerful typhoon," said an official at Japan’s Meteorological Agency (JMA).
Friday, October 10, 2014
Canadian Underwriter - This year’s Atlantic hurricane season is shaping up to be one of the weakest in decades with only five named storms in the region so far this year.That is the fewest named storms since the full Atlantic season of 1983, when there were four. The 1994 season also had only five named storms into October, then two hurricanes formed in early November of that year. Forecasters have projected another two named Atlantic storms for the rest of this year’s season that ends Nov. 30. But there are no signs of any new ones spinning off Africa’s west coast during what is usually the season’s peak period - mid-August to late October.
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Insurance Journal - New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance Commissioner Ken Kobylowski said that among the 470,281 non-flood, Superstorm Sandy-related homeowners, automobile and commercial claims that were filed in New Jersey, 99.4 percent have now been settled, representing $4.3 billion in payments to date. Kobylowski spoke about New Jerseys Sandy claims at an event titled “Meet the Decision Makers,” organized by the New Jersey Business & Industry Association, a statewide employer association.
Thursday, October 09, 2014
KTVU - Super Typhoon Vongfong currently over the western Pacific Ocean is now the strongest storm of 2014. Vongfong has produced sustained wind speeds of up to 180 mph, meaning it has "surpassed [wind speeds] required to reach Category 5 equivalent status."Whats worse, this is the second typhoon to hit Japan in less than a week. Ari Sarsalari from The Weather Channel, said, "Unfortunately this thing is headed up toward Japan. ... I know this is coming right after Japan got hit by Typhoon Phanfone over the weekend."
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
CBS Boston - State police are working Sunday to recover a boat that was sunk Saturday night when an allegedly drunk operator struck a rock, causing the vessel to sink in Boston Harbor. Massachusetts State Police said they responded to Boston Harbor at 7:18 p.m. on Saturday to a report of a 50-foot Sea Ray that was in distress after hitting a rock between Spectacle Island and the Long Island bridge. Police said the driver of the boat and five passengers were thrown into the front of the boat, though they only suffered minor injuries.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Insurance Journal - Amtrak filed a lawsuit last week against more than a dozen insurers, claiming that the railroad operator is entitled to recoup additional proceeds for Superstorm Sandy losses from its insurers. “Amtrak has filed a lawsuit against its insurance companies for failure to stand by the terms of our policies for the significant property damage that followed Superstorm Sandy,” Amtraks spokesman Steve Kulm said in a statement.The unprecedented weather event had substantial impact upon critical Amtrak infrastructure in and around New York City, including inundating with corrosive saltwater both the Hudson River tunnel and the East River tunnel, he said.
Friday, September 26, 2014
Bloomberg - BP Plc (BP/), which has paid more than $28 billion for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, asked a Texas court to let it tap into $750 million in Transocean Ltd. (RIG)s insurance policies on the doomed Deepwater Horizon rig. BP filed claims with Transoceans carriers in 2010, seeking to tap a $50 million primary policy issued by Ranger Insurance and $700 million in excess coverage from Lloyds of London and other underwriters. The carriers asked the court overseeing the spill litigation to rule that BP wasnt entitled to unlimited access to Transoceans insurance.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014