Insurance industry learning key lessons from Hurricane Harvey Published 4:03 pm, Tuesday, October 10, 2017 This radar image from the National Weather Service shows rainfall potential in the Houston area. This image was part of the National Weather Service's 10 am update on Tropical Storm Harvey, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. Insurance industry learning key lessons from Hurricane Harvey AUSTIN -- On Aug. 17, Mark Hanna of the Insurance Council of Texas was in the middle of preparations for what he does every August — traveling the length of Texas' Gulf Coast to get the word out in visits with local media organizations on how coastal residents should prepare themselves for hurricane season. On this day, however, Hanna noticed something interesting in a NOAA weather satellite image of the tropics. He grabbed a screenshot and posted it to Twitter with the following message: "On the eve of our Hurricane Tour, we might want to keep an eye out for what may become Hurricane Harvey." Eight days later, Harvey slammed into the Texas coast around Rockport and Port Aransas packing Category 3 winds of 130 miles per hour. Talking to Quorum report this past week, Hanna said that it would be better to think of Harvey as two different storms — one of them the incredibly destructive windstorm that leveled Port Aransas, Rockport, Refugio and Victoria and the other being the flooding event that set records for rainfall in the U.S. and put the Houston region underwater. The full story can be found in the Quorum Report. Copyright 2017, Harvey Kronberg, http://quorumreport.com/index.cfm , All rights are reserved. This story is presented as part of the Houston Chronicle's collaboration with Quorum Report.
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