Flooding caused by hurricanes and tropical storms will necessitate the need for contents services as well as claims processing for insurers across the board. However as reported by the National Hurricane Center, the latest tropical storm will not be touching land.
Tropical Storm Chris is moving east over the Atlantic with winds as high as 50 miles per hour. Currently, the storm is located above Newfoundland, Canada but is predicted to stay away from land throughout the weekend, according to the Associated Press.
This is the third weather event of the 2012 hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center predicts only a 10 percent chance of Chris developing into a tropical depression over the coming days.
Nonetheless, severe weather is affecting the United States over the next few days. Residents of South Florida are at risk for flooding this week, as a tropical disturbance near Cuba is likely to bring two to four inches of rainfall over the area, according to the Sun Sentinel. Last night, heavy rain moved in to the southern regions of Florida and is expected to last throughout Friday.
"The main threat is going to be the potential for flooding," meteorologist Alex Gibbs of the National Weather Service told the news source. "Things stay fairly wet through Friday and really through the weekend."
Senior Hurricane Specialist Dan Brown spoke with the Sun Sentinel and explained that Tropical Storm Chris is likely bringing these heavy rains and potential flooding to South Florida. Along with an 80 percent chance of rain for this region today, east winds are expected to reach up to 20 miles per hour.
Such severe weather is likely to increase the risk for flooding and damage, which will bring a greater need for insurers to outsource claims processing and contents services.