Hurricane Forecast Maps Show Risk from Storm Surge

storm surgeThis year’s Atlantic hurricane season began June 1. Years of experience and some recent polling have shown that, while most Americans living on the coast pay close attention to hurricane wind strength and other factors, they do not consider storm surges to be a real threat, despite the fact that more than half of all hurricane-related deaths are caused by storm surges, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. To help combat this, NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) introduced a new feature for the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season: color-coded and broadcast-ready maps to graphically show the potential for flooding caused by storm surges. The new maps, developed over the course of several years in conjunction with emergency managers, broadcast meteorologists and others, will be issued 48 hours before hurricane landfall and updated every six hours, enabling people to see whether or not their property is likely to flood from storm surge. The map is part of an interactive display available on the NHC website in situations where hurricane watches and warnings are in effect for parts of the continental United States.

NOAA’s 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook forecasted a quieter season this year, with a below-average number of storms and hurricanes, but preparation is always key when it comes to catastrophe.

Crawford takes a close interest in weather because its claims adjusting work takes it directly into areas struck by severe storms. Crawford helps manage the effects of natural disasters through Catastrophe Services (CAT), one of the insurance industry’s leading independent adjusting resources for claims management in response to natural (and man-made) disasters, and also its Global Technical Services business, which focuses on large or complex insurance losses. To better understand how we work with the effects of severe weather, take a look at this brief video.

Sources: Reuters | NOAA

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