Travel insurance comparison website Squaremouth said more travelers are interested in purchasing weather- and hurricane-related coverage this year.

According to Squaremouth, there was a 31% year-over-year increase in the number of people purchasing insurance plans for the 2018 hurricane season, which begins next month.

Squaremouth has seen a 16% increase in the number of people searching specifically for policies that include coverage for hurricanes and weather events.

2018 is expected to have a slightly above-average number of storms, according to hurricane researchers at Colorado State University. They are predicting 14 named storms, seven of which they predict will become hurricanes. Of those seven, researchers expect three to be major hurricanes (categories 3-5).

Last fall saw three hurricanes -- Harvey, Irma and Maria -- wreak havoc on areas of the Caribbean and United States. At their peaks, the storms were categories 4, 5 and 5, respectively.

According to Squaremouth, most insurance policies enable travelers to recoup trip costs if a storm "significantly impacts their ability to take the trip." That includes damage to their own homes precluding them from traveling, or necessitating an earlier return home.

While Squaremouth noted that policies differ, most require one of the following: a flight or cruise is delayed for at least 12-28 hours, the traveler's home is rendered "uninhabitable," or an evacuation or hurricane warning is issued for the destination or city the traveler is flying out of.

Additionally, as its name implies, cancel-for-any-reason insurance would enable cancellation in the instance of a hurricane.


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