CAT Alert: Crawford Prepared for Response as Double Hurricanes Near Landfall in Hawaii

cat alert 2A hurricane warning has been issued for the Big Island of Hawaii as Hurricane Iselle sets its sights on America’s 50th state. Roughly 400 miles east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, the hurricane is moving quickly and is expected to continue to take Iselle on a west-northwest track over the next few days. As Iselle looms, the governor of Hawaii has issued an emergency proclamation. Iselle, the third-strongest tropical cyclone of 2014 in the Eastern Pacific basin, is predicted to pass near or over the Big Island of Hawaii as a hurricane late Thursday night into early Friday morning local time, then track to the south of the rest of the islands as a strong tropical storm Friday. Iselle will bring bands of heavy rain, flash flooding, high surf and strong wind gusts to parts of Hawaii, including the Big Island, Maui, and Kauai. Residents have been warned to expect downed trees, power outages and structural damage. All of the Islands should expect heavy rainfall and possible coastal flooding.

After Iselle, Hawaii could eventually feel the effects of Hurricane Julio this weekend, which is following about 900 miles behind Iselle. Julio has strengthened into a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph. Some additional strengthening over the next day or so is possible as it moves to the west-northwest. Though the exact path of Julio is uncertain at this time, the majority of forecast guidance keeps the center of Julio north of the islands as a tropical storm this weekend, but that could change.

Crawford is available to respond to areas as they are affected by stormy conditions and is prepared for immediate response measures to new calamities as needed. We have the staff in place and are prepared to take on a large volume of business – no matter the size and scope. With our wide-ranging capabilities, you can count on Crawford to handle claims or back-fill any staff that may be mobilized as a result of this event.

Crawford Catastrophe Services has experienced adjusters mobilized and ready to handle your policyholder’s claims.

Additional Crawford services include:

Global Technical Services for large and complex losses;

Vehicle Services Connection for auto and heavy equipment appraisals;

Contents Services for contents valuation;

Contractor ConnectionSM for residential and commercial services, including board- up/taping services, emergency water mitigation, tree removal, general structural repairs, roofing textile restoration, and temporary housing; and

Marine and Transportation Services for marine cargo, hull, machinery, and ocean claims-handling with a wealth of marine indemnity and adjusting expertise.

Working with Crawford helps leverage your internal staff most efficiently with our broad network of adjusters — scalable to the largest disasters. We help you keep policyholders’ satisfaction high and aid customer retention.

Check Crawford’s Catastrophe Response web page for the latest updates. View our video overview to learn more about Crawford’s Catastrophe services.

For assistance now, contact:

Crawford ClaimsAlert®
(24-hour claims intake)
(Fax) 1-678-937-8300

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