2016 Hurricane Season Forecast and Travel Insurance

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Forecasters predict the Atlantic hurricane season, which spans from June to November, will be the strongest in over 4 years, with hot spots along the U.S. East Coast, Florida and the Gulf Coast.

Though it’s rare that vacation plans are affected by such an event, it’s always good to prepare your customers if they are traveling to a hurricane-prone area. Even still, it’s a good idea to help ensure your customers are protected this season so they can be reimbursed for their trip costs in case they need to cancel their vacations for a covered reason.

Our travel insurance plans provide coverage for a number of weather-related events your customers might encounter during hurricane season, such as mandatory hurricane evacuations, flight delays and/or cancellations, and the traveler’s personal home being made uninhabitable by hurricane or natural disaster.

Keep in mind: Once a hurricane is forecasted or it becomes evident that a storm will impact travel to your customer’s destination, the event is considered foreseeable. This means the insurance plan can no longer be purchased to cover losses that your clients might suffer from that specific storm. For this reason, it could benefit your customers to purchase travel insurance sooner rather than later.

What the forecasters are saying

  • “The 2016 and 2017 Atlantic hurricane seasons will be the strongest in over four years, and have the most United States hurricane landfalls since 11 were experienced during the destructive seasons of 2004 and 2005,” according to Global Weather Oscillations.
  • Probability that at least one major hurricane will make landfall:
    • Along entire U.S. coastline- 50%
    • U.S. East Coast Including Florida- 30%
    • Gulf Coast- 29%
  • NOAA predicts a 70 percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms, of which 4 to 8 could become hurricanes, including 1 to 4 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).
  • Want to know what the probability is that a hurricane or named storm will make landfall in your county this season? Check out the United States Landfalling Hurricane Probability Project.

Travel insurance plans are administered by Customized Services Administrators, Inc., CA Lic. No. 821931, located in San Diego, CA and doing business as Generali Global Assistance and Insurance Services. Plans are available to residents of the U.S. but may not be available in all jurisdictions. Benefits and services are described on a general basis; certain conditions and exclusions apply. Travel Retailers may not be licensed to sell insurance, in all states, and are not authorized to answer technical questions about the benefits, exclusions, and conditions of this insurance and cannot evaluate the adequacy of your existing insurance. This plan provides insurance coverage for your trip that applies only during the covered trip. You may have coverage from other sources that provides you with similar benefits but may be subject to different restrictions depending upon your other coverages. You may wish to compare the terms of this policy with your existing life, health, home and automobile policies. The purchase of this plan is not required in order to purchase any other travel product or service offered to you by your travel retailers. If you have any questions about your current coverage, call your insurer, insurance agent or broker. This notice provides general information on Generali Global Assistance’s products and services only. The information contained herein is not part of an insurance policy and may not be used to modify any insurance policy that might be issued. In the event the actual policy forms are inconsistent with any information provided herein, the language of the policy forms shall govern.

Travel insurance plans are underwritten by: Generali U.S. Branch, New York, NY; NAIC # 11231. Generali US Branch operates under the following names: Generali Assicurazioni Generali S.P.A. (U.S. Branch) in California, Assicurazioni Generali – U.S. Branch in Colorado, Generali U.S. Branch DBA The General Insurance Company of Trieste & Venice in Oregon, and The General Insurance Company of Trieste and Venice – U.S. Branch in Virginia. Generali US Branch is admitted or licensed to do business in all states and the District of Columbia.

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