10/12/2012 - Hurricane season in 2012 one of the most active on record
Just past the midway point of the 2012 hurricane season, a catastrophe risk modeling firm is calling it one of the most active ones in more than 150 years.
According to Risk Management Solutions, this year's hurricane season is the second most prevalent one for storm activity since records were initially recorded in 1851. While many of these events did not make landfall, a considerable number formed and were, as a result, named. As of September 13, there were more named storms this year than any other with the exception of 2005 and 2011.
"Seasonal forecasts for 2012, issued at the beginning of August called for around 14 tropical storms in the Atlantic in 2012," said Christine Ziehmann, RMS' director of product management. "The 2012 season is currently on track to exceed these forecasts, especially if September is typical of the 1995-2011 average."
Though previous years have resulted in more property insurance claims, the hurricanes that have formed had the potential to bring significant damage had they reached land, including Hurricane Michael, which reached Category 3 status in early September.