Florida Insurance Industry in Better Shape to Face Hurricane Season

ORLANDO, Fla. — The 2015 Atlantic hurricane season opens on Monday, and a combination of a forecast for fewer-than-average storms and the highest level ever of financial resources on hand in Florida to pay claims may help homeowners and businesses there weather fears of a storm.

Florida, the riskiest place in the United States for hurricane strikes, has had nine hurricane-free years, allowing state insurers to build up record capital reserves. But that lucky streak could end at any time depending on Mother Nature.

“The state can sleep much easier at night,” said Robert Hartwig, president of the Insurance Information Institute, a trade association. “The insurance industry is rock solid financially.”

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