Hurricane Michael: The latest data and analytics for P&C insurers

by Jen Smoldt on October 10, 2018

Hurricane Micheal NOAA

At a glance:

  • Hurricane Michael is a Category 4 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph
  • Located 60 miles SSW of Panama City, Florida
  • Landfall expected along Florida's northeastern Gulf Coast sometime Wednesday afternoon
  • Cat 4 hurricane has never made landfall in the Florida Panhandle
  • Storm surge could reach 9-14+ feet in places
  • Rainfall flooding is a significant threat inland into the Carolinas

Hurricane Michael has rapidly intensified. Now the question is, will it hold its strength with landfall? According to forecasters, Hurricane Michael's rapid intensification over the past two days, despite shifting winds, "defies traditional logic." Michael is expected to make history, as it will be the strongest hurricane to ever come ashore (since 1851) along the Florida Panhandle. Hurricane warnings are currently posted for the Florida Gulf coast from the Alabama/Florida border to Suwanee River, Florida, including Pensacola, Panama City, Destin and Tallahassee.


Hurricane Michael: Data currently available & expected

As this event unfolds, SpatialKey will be actively loading data from our partners, including Aon Impact Forecasting, JBA, KatRisk, NOAA, and FEMA. Check our SpatialKey support site often the latest data updates:


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To access the above data, as well as other data not listed, 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 Michael'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. Aerial-imagery-with-KatRisk-hurricane-michael

Use NOAA's aerial imagery (pictured left), zoom in and overlay KatRisk's wind data (pictured right) to understand the impact on your portfolio locations.

Hurricane Michael NOAA surge

Access the latest NOAA data, such as the above surge inundation data with wind track, and bring in your policies in force (PIF) to understand potential impact.

KatRisk hurricane Michael comparison slider

Using SpatialKey’s comparison slider tool, you can overlay KatRisk data with your policies in force (PIF) to visualize the impact of storm surge and wind in one window (on the left) and expected surge depths (on the right).

JBA-5m-Hurricane-MichaelVisualize JBA's storm surge data using SpatialKey and assess Hurricane Michael's impact on your portfolio.

For more valuable information, download our 2018 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, Hurricane Season

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