Barry makes landfall as Cat 1 hurricane: The latest event data for P&C insurers

by Jen Smoldt on July 15, 2019

NOAA hurricane Barry

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Hurricane Barry made landfall on Saturday morning about 160 miles west of New Orleans near Marsh Island, sparing New Orleans and its levees. While Barry wasn’t a Category 1 hurricane for long, it did make history as the fourth hurricane to ever make landfall on the Louisiana coast in the month of July.

This storm is being called an “under-performer” by CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen, and thankfully so. "The storm surge in the populated areas like New Orleans didn't rise to the level to cause major problems. That being said, there was surge to seven feet in a few areas, which was actually higher than forecast...this was a very strange hurricane—I think the strangest I have ever covered," commented Hennen. 

Weakening to a tropical depression, Barry is moving very slowly toward Arkansas, Mississippi, southeast Missouri, and western Tennessee and may cause flash-flooding and river flooding along its path.   

Here’s the latest from our data partner, WeatherGuidance:

"Regional to widespread areas of flash flooding are likely today [Tuesday] and/or tonight from the lower Mississippi Valley into the Ohio Valley, in association with the remnants of Hurricane Barry. Locally heavy rainfall is expected again today and into Wednesday from the lower to middle Mississippi Valley region, Northeastward into the Tennessee and Ohio Valley, as well as portions of the Northeast." 

Katrisk Barry surge

The above storm surge footprint is the first available from KatRisk for this event and is shown combined with sample portfolio data within SpatialKey.  

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Barry SpatialKey available data

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