Season Opening

On the eve of the official start to the 2008 hurricane season (Sunday June 1) we thought we’d highlight a few handy I.I.I. resources. As the season gets underway, check out I.I.I.’s catastrophe issues update for storm developments. Visit I.I.I. facts & stats on  hurricanes for the numbers behind the storms, including: the 15 most costly hurricanes, U.S.; leading states in coastal population growth; and the value of insured coastal properties vulnerable to hurricanes by state. By all accounts this year’s season is expected to see above average activity. Colorado State University’s Tropical Meteorology Project team recently estimated the season will see 15 named storms, including eight hurricanes and four intense hurricanes (see our April 10 posting). The probability for at least one major (Category 3-4-5) hurricane making landfall in the U.S. is put at 69 percent. The team will issue an update of  its seasonal forecast next Tuesday June 3.  

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