Future of 2009 hurricane season receiving differing forecasts

Those either still in recovery or rushed into adding hurricane and insurance policies after the destruction caused from Hurricane Ike in 2008 may either breathe a sigh of relief or become increasingly worried, depending who they listen to.

Those either still in recovery or rushed into adding hurricane and insurance policies after the destruction caused from Hurricane Ike in 2008 may either breathe a sigh of relief or become increasingly worried, depending who they listen to.

According to Reuters, the Colorado State University storm research team decided on August 4 to cut its 2009 Atlantic hurricane forecast from 11 tropical storms, with five of them becoming hurricanes into ten tropical storms with four of them becoming hurricanes in the Atlantic.

However, London-based Tropical Storm Risk disagreed, instead raising its hurricane forecast numbers on August 4 as well from 11.4 tropical storms with 5.6 hurricanes forming and 2.4 or them becoming major to 12.6, 6.5, and 2.8 respectively.
The differing forecasts come weeks after a large insurer of homes in Texas announced that it would be raising its insurance rates in the last quarter of 2009, and months after a report from the Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center at Florida State University that found hurricanes to be getting stronger worldwide due to a rise in ocean temperature.

According to Federal Emergency Management Agency, in addition to planning an escape route and gathering proper supplies those in areas affected by hurricanes are urged to take out flood insurance policies.

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Posted: August 06, 2009

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