October Hurricanes

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has given a tropical system located about 300 miles south of Jamaica a 90 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours.

In its 8am EDT tropical weather outlook, the NHC said:

Heavy rains from this disturbance are likely to spread over Jamaica†¦Hispaniola†¦and Eastern Cuba during the next several days. These rains could produce life-threatening flash floods and mud slides†¦especially in areas of high terrain.†

A Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate the system this afternoon.

With six weeks left to the official end of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season which runs from June 1 to November 30, it’s important to keep an eye on the potential track of “Sandy†.

Here’s a visual of the latest modeled tracks for the system, courtesy of Weather Underground. It’s worth noting that some of the computer models  have “Sandy” approaching the east coast by next weekend:

October hurricanes can be costly.

Remember 2005? Hurricane Wilma today ranks as the fourth most costly hurricane in the U.S., according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.).

Hurricane Wilma, which made landfall as a Category 3 hurricane down in Florida on October 24, 2005, produced insured losses of $10.3 billion, or $11.7 billion in 2011 dollars.

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