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For those who are evaluating potential plans based on hurricane predictions, APRIL Travel Protection warns that conflicting forecasts by various meteorology centers may not paint an accurate picture of this year's storm season.
According to The Weather Company, 2016 will be the "most active tropical season since 2012," while Colorado State University is forecasting five hurricanes, only two of which will be classified as major.
Research from North Carolina State University conflicts with Colorado State University's predictions, suggesting 2016 will be "significantly more active" with eight to 11 hurricanes and as many as five becoming major hurricanes. Meanwhile, AccuWeather is pointing to a number of scenarios that "would limit tropical development in the Atlantic."
Predictions made by Global Whether Oscillations, which claims to be the most reliable with 87 percent accuracy, suggest that "the next two years will be in a Climate Pulse Enhancement Cycle with the most United States landfalls since the 2004-05 seasons." Other agencies, such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center, are still trying to make sense of weather patterns and have yet to make their predictions for 2016.
"These mixed predictions are a clear indication of the uncertainty that exists," said Sharleen DaBreo, director of the British Virgin Islands Department of Disaster Management, in a written release.
Further evidence underscoring the unpredictability of storms in the Atlantic, Hurricane Alex made history as the first Category 1 hurricane to take place in January since 1955, demonstrating that hurricanes can occur at any time of year, sometimes with little warning.
All policies sold by APRIL and its partners feature "instant adjudication" at the core of APRIL's signature "Stress Less" benefits, a feature that allows policyholders to enjoy their vacation without having to worry about out-of-pocket expenses in an emergency.
APRIL offers instant adjudication for a wide range of potential inconveniences that can't be predicted in advance, including emergency medical coverage up to $250,000 (with no deductible), trip interruption covering up to 150 percent of your trip's cost, and evacuation benefits up to $500,000.
Cancellations are eligible for reimbursement of 100 percent of their trip costs for situations including injury, sickness, death, job loss or relocation, supplier default, weather, natural disasters, terrorism, military duty, strikes and more.