Hurricane Dorian: The latest info for P&C insurers

by Jen Smoldt on September 5, 2019

eye of hurricane dorian

The eye of Hurricane Dorian as captured by Garret Black, a hurricane hunter, who flew into the massive storm to gather weather data that’s used to prepare National Hurricane Center forecasts.

  • Hurricane Dorian is now a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph moving to the NE at 14 mph. 
  • As of early Friday, Hurricane Dorian had reached North Carolina's Outer Banks with hurricane-force winds.
  • Prior to reaching the U.S. coast, Dorian battered the Bahamas for nearly 2 days causing utter devastation to life and property on the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama. 
  • Initial estimates are 13,000 structures destroyed in the Bahamas and billions in insured losses.

Hurricane Dorian is the storm that won't go away, having regained strength this week as it moved up the U.S. East Coast. According to the latest (Friday 5 am ET) from the National Hurricane Center (NHC), “Life-threatening storm surge and dangerous winds are expected to continue along portions of the North Carolina coast, portions of southeast Virginia and the southern Chesapeake bay.” 

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

"We expect Dorian to continue on a generally North-Northeasterly motion today, then turn more toward the Northeast beginning in the predawn hours of Friday morning.  The center of Dorian may make brief landfall on the extreme edge of the North Carolina coast, near Morehead City during the pre-dawn hours of Friday morning, and near Cape Hatteras around midday Friday."

WeatherGuidance Dorian Winds

As this event unfolds, SpatialKey will be actively loading data from our partners. To enable access to data, reach out to us directly, or contact your SpatialKey account manager regarding availability. If you’re a SpatialKey client, be sure to check SpatialKey’s Data Mart often for the latest footprints.


How to access & analyze Dorian's storm track with SpatialKey

You can access the current storm path, provided by NOAA, within SpatialKey to understand potential exposure and prepare your plan of action. For tutorials to help you conduct portfolio analysis, visualize storm surge, join datasets, import data, and access SpatialKey’s Data Mart, visit our Support site

Use SpatialKey to access the latest NOAA data and bring in your policies in force (PIF) to understand the potential impact.

For more valuable information, download our 2019 Hurricane Guide containing checklists and best practices to help guide your preparation and operations. As always, our SpatialKey team stands ready to assist you throughout the duration of this event. Reach out to us with your questions or requests.


Topics: Hurricane Data, catastrophe risk management, hurricane risk

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