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Seven Corners Blogs About Hurricane Season

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Many travel insurance carriers provide information that is useful to travelers on a blog.  Seven Corners recently posted a story about the 2010 hurricane season and the process for naming the storms.  The following is an excerpt from the post written by Brad Palmer.

Hurricane season is upon us.  Given the latest predictions, these next 6 months are going to be rough.  The national weather service is predicting the Atlantic Basin to become home to as many as 23 named storms this year including 14 hurricanes.  7 of these Hurricanes are expected to reach a level 3 category, with potential wind speeds up to 111 mph. To put this into perspective, these numbers are very similar to the total numbers in 2005—the year where Hurricane Katrina along with four other storms had their names retired.

I’ve done a little research regarding the naming of hurricanes, and found out some interesting pieces of information. The practice of giving the storms their own name came about after it was decided that referring to a storm by their latitude/longitude locations left open the possibility of miscommunication.  Name lists are decided at international meetings of the World Meteorological Organization.  These names have origins which root back to four different languages due to the vast range of countries whose public and weather services track these storms.  Storms receive names in alphabetical order along with direct correlation when they form and do not include names which start with the letters Q, U, X, Y, and Z.  Six different lists of names continuously rotate throughout the years and are only altered when a devastating Hurricane’s name is retired from the list.  This year’s list is similar to the list in 2004, except the names Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne were retired and replaced by the names Colin, Fiona, Igor, and Julia.

The naming of a tropical storm or a hurricane impacts the coverage in many travel insurance plans.  Once the storm is named, it is not be eligible for coverage.  Not every policy has this limitation, which is why it is important to always refer to the certificate of insurance for details.

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