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Why the Canadian P&C industry is watching

Hurricane Lee is strengthening into a powerhouse Category 5 storm, and some preliminary scenarios suggest it could hit Atlantic Canada as a tropical storm sometime next week, AccuWeather is forecasting.

“Lee poses a risk to people from the northern Caribbean to the eastern Bahamas, the East Coast of the United States, Bermuda, and Atlantic Canada over the next week to 10 days,” Jonathan Porter, AccuWeather’s chief meteorologist, warned Thursday.

“We strongly encourage people in this area to monitor the situation closely and check back with AccuWeather routinely, as it has the potential to become a powerhouse Category 5 hurricane, the strongest hurricane of the year.”


How powerful?

On the Saffir-Simpson wind scale, a Category 5 hurricane has sustained wind speeds of 252 km/h or higher. That’s strong enough to destroy a high percentage of framed homes, knock over…

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