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‘Extremely Active’ 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season

‘Extremely Active’ 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season

November 30th marked the ‘official’ end of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, and while Bermuda was not affected by any major storms, other jurisdictions were not so lucky, and the season matched NOAA’s seasonal predictions for being “extremely active.” The season produced 17 named storms of which 10 became hurricanes including... Read more of this article

3,000 Tourists Cancel Due To Storm Confusion

3,000 Tourists Cancel Due To Storm Confusion

Following erroneous reports and confusion that Bermuda was affected by the hurricanes this year, more than 3,000 tourists canceled their plans to visit, according to a report by Bloomberg. The story said “Bermuda escaped the 2017 hurricane season untouched. It was people’s hazy grasp of Caribbean geography that hurt it. “In September, while Hurricane... Read more of this article

Column: “Rebuilding Caribbean Will Be Pricey”

Column: “Rebuilding Caribbean Will Be Pricey”

[Opinion column written by Masaō Ashtine] November 20 marked the end of the Atlantic hurricane season, but for the Caribbean, it’s only the beginning of a painful recovery process. In early September, Hurricane Irma largely destroyed Barbuda and several neighboring Lesser Antilles islands. Two weeks later, Maria took a final fatal stab at Barbuda... Read more of this article

Tropical Depression “Not A Threat To Bermuda”

Tropical Depression “Not A Threat To Bermuda”

Tropical Depression Nineteen is “not a threat to Bermuda”, the Bermuda Weather Service said, with its closest point of approach to Bermuda within 72 hrs iforecast to be 771 nm to the east at 10pm this evening [Nov 6,] however, the BWS noted that “this system may move closer to Bermuda after this time period depending upon its track.” Graphic... Read more of this article

BWS: Tropical Storm “Not A Threat At This Time”

BWS: Tropical Storm “Not A Threat At This Time”

[Updated] Tropical Depression 18 is a “potential threat to Bermuda”, the Bermuda Weather Service said today, with its closest point of approach within 72 hrs forecast to be 363nm to the WNW at 5am on Mon [Oct 30] with the BWS noting that “this system may move closer to Bermuda after this time period depending upon its track.” Graphic... Read more of this article

Column: Hurricane’s Unusual Path To Ireland

Column: Hurricane’s Unusual Path To Ireland

[Written by Alexander Roberts] Hurricane Ophelia, by then downgraded to Storm Ophelia, reached Ireland on Monday October 16. At the time of writing there had already been three deaths and countless reports of severe damage to buildings and fallen trees. Unlike other severe storms to reach Ireland and Britain, such as the 1987 Great Storm, Ophelia was... Read more of this article

Column: Links Between Hurricanes, Immigration

Column: Links Between Hurricanes, Immigration

[Opinion column written by Dean Yang and Parag Mahajan] In the last few weeks, hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Katia have cut paths of destruction in the Caribbean, Mexico and the U.S. While recovery and reconstruction will be an immense effort in Houston and Miami, it will likely be slower in poorer and smaller countries outside the U.S. There, many people... Read more of this article

RMS: US Insured Nate Losses Below $500M

RMS: US Insured Nate Losses Below $500M

Based on analysis from RMS, a leading risk management and analytics firm, U.S. insured losses associated with wind and coastal flooding from Hurricane Nate will not exceed USD $500 million. This season, insured losses from U.S. hurricanes are expected to total between USD $75 and $120 billion. The damage resulting from Nate is not expected to constitute... Read more of this article

Video: Live Telethon In Aid Of Hurricane Victims

Video: Live Telethon In Aid Of Hurricane Victims

[Updated with live video stream] Locals will be asked to open their hearts and their pocketbooks this week as Bermuda Broadcasting and the West Indian Association [Bermuda] team up to raise funds for hurricane victims. A live Telethon will be held at the Berkeley Institute this evening [Thursday], under the banner ‘Caribbean Hurricane Relief Campaign... Read more of this article

Hurricane Ophelia Matches 124-Year-Old Record

Hurricane Ophelia Matches 124-Year-Old Record

Ophelia — the 15th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic Season — has strengthened into a hurricane, becoming the 10th consecutive Atlantic named storm to reach hurricane status, matching the all-time record which last occurred over 120 years ago – in 1893. This is according to Dr Phil Klotzbach, a storm researcher at Colorado State University,... Read more of this article

‘Build Greater Resilience To Face New Normal’

‘Build Greater Resilience To Face New Normal’

The catastrophic hurricanes that ripped through the Caribbean recently were “likely to be the new normal,” and “provided the evidence of the reality of climate change,” CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said. The impact of the storms also pointed to the need for the Region to “build greater resilience... Read more of this article

ABIR: Bermuda’s Reinsurers May Pay Out $25B

ABIR: Bermuda’s Reinsurers May Pay Out $25B

Bermuda’s global insurers and reinsurers have already begun to pay claims on last month’s hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and ultimately Bermuda market companies may fund a quarter or more of approximately $100 billion in aggregate insured losses from the events, according to preliminary estimates from the Association of Bermuda Insurers &... Read more of this article

15th Named Storm Of Atlantic Season Forms

15th Named Storm Of Atlantic Season Forms

Yet another storm has formed in the Atlantic, with Tropical Storm Ophelia becoming the 15th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic season. Ophelia “not a threat to Bermuda”, the Bermuda Weather Service said, with its closest point of approach to Bermuda within 72 hrs has passed. Graphic courtesy of the BWS:The latest forecast from the U.S. National... Read more of this article