Tropical Storm Insurance, Caribbean
18 Mar 2012 John Franklin
Tropical Storm Clauses. Prior to Hurricanne Ivan in September 2004, most insurers had tropical storm exclusion clauses applicable to the supposed "hurricane season", generally July thru' November, and to a "box" defined by latitude and longitude. Typically the southern limit was 12.5 degrees north.
My insurers, Pantaenius, have just rewritten their Tropical Storm Clause to apply between 1 July and 15 November and to a newly defined "box' defined as: 30.5 degrees North to 10 degrees N and 60 degrees W to 94 degrees W, excluding the Pacific. Note that the southern limit is now well south of Grenada and includes Trinidad and the N coast of Venezuela, where thousands of boats go for hurricane season storage. So, the new clause is an improvement on the "anywhere, anytime" situation but is nothing like as favourable as the pre Ivan clauses.