Hurricane Irma insurance losses may be far lower than first predicted

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Initial forecasts plotted a far more destructive path for the storm than was actually the case. Following predictions of apocalyptic Hurricane Irma insurance losses, it appears as though the storm may be costly, but nowhere near the worst case scenario. It’s still far too early for specific totals, but recent figures suggest they may be as low as $10 billion. Randy Binner, an insurance analyst, explained that while initial projections for Hurricane Irma insurance losses were as high as $100 billion, this has now been reduced to between $10 billion…

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Mar-A-Lago carries NFIP flood insurance protection

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At the same time that the federal program faces an uncertain future, the president’s Florida estate is covered by it. Mar-A-Lago, Donald Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida estate and club, has a flood insurance policy through NFIP. The National Flood Insurance Program is the controversial program selling coverage to policies traditionally refused by private insurers due to high risk. The Mar-A-Lago mansion and other buildings were shuttered and empty following a mandatory evacuation order. Should President Donald Trump’s estate have suffered flood damage from Hurricane Irma, it is covered by NFIP.…

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Some insurers no longer sell wildfire insurance policies in Montana’s high risk zones

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As fires blast their ways across western portions of the states, many providers have refused to continue selling. Wildfire insurance policies are becoming harder to obtain in certain parts of Montana. Some insurance companies have decided to stop offering this protection in some of the zones where the fires are currently ablaze. This is not an abnormal practice for companies selling protection such as wildfire and flood insurance. “It’s very common for insurance policies when it comes to natural disasters, whether it be fires or floods, that insurers won’t write…

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Hurricane Irma may force Florida’s private flood insurance market to prove its mettle

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Residents of the state are preparing to protect their properties and loved ones against the approaching storm. As Hurricane Irma makes its way through the Caribbean and ever closer to Florida, the insurance industry is bracing itself. This is particularly true of the private flood insurance market in the state. Advocates say Florida’s market is a solid model for making federal flood insurance coverage more affordable. Should Hurricane Irma make landfall in Florida, as the hopes and prayers go out to residents for their safety and to avoid damage to…

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Rising extreme weather risk places property insurance in uncomfortable position

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An increase in severe storms, flooding, wind, wildfires and other disasters are driving claims skyward. Flooding and wildfires are making massive headlines this summer and this extreme weather risk is placing considerable pressure on the property insurance industry. These types of disaster are spiking the number and cost of business and homeowners insurance claims. In fact, the extreme weather risk may have a greater economic toll on the insurance industry than any other industry in the world. Though insurers have been increasingly aware of the threat of climate change with…

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Texas auto insurance claims filed by the thousands, and they’re just getting started

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Insurers covering vehicles in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey expect hundreds of thousands of claims. Auto insurance claims have already started filing in as a result of Hurricane Harvey, but despite the high numbers, they’re just getting started. Insurance companies throughout the affected regions are bracing for hundreds of thousands more. In fact, as of last Thursday, the 100,000 mark had already been passed. “We do know that approximately 100,000 claims have come in,” said the Insurance Council of Texas manager of governmental and regulatory communications, Matt Stillwell. That trade…

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Federal flood insurance program stuck on hold as Hurricane Harvey tallies climb

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Southeastern Texas was devastated by the storm, placing the focus back on NFIP and the GOP restructuring effort. The Federal flood insurance program is in limbo at the moment while Texans face catastrophe following Hurricane Harvey. The Republicans have been trying to restructure the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Their goal has been to partially privatize it. NFIP is a subsidized program that costs taxpayers tens of billions in federal subsidies. The federal flood insurance program is facing an upcoming deadline of September 30. Unless Congress agrees to extend the…

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Hurricane Harvey damage to be among “top 10 most costly” for insurers, JPMorgan

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The financial services company told its clients that the costs could be between $10 billion and $20 billion. JPMorgan informed its clients that the Hurricane Harvey damage left behind in Texas could be as high as $10 billion to $20 billion. This would place it among the “10 most costly” hurricanes to make landfall in the United States, said the company. The storm first struck Texas last weekend and was a Category 4 at the time, before being downgraded. Gradually, it wound itself down to tropical storm status, though it…

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Hurricane insurance companies are preparing for a busier season than usual

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As Harvey makes its way closer to Texas, insurers are bracing for the impact of landfall. Forecasters and hurricane insurance companies alike are watching both Harvey and the rest of the Atlantic storms that are brewing. The season is expected to be more active than average and it is far from over. In fact, the Atlantic hurricane season has only just reached its peak and will continue until November. Many meteorologists and weather monitoring organizations have upgraded their initial forecasts for the season. Though it was originally expected to be…

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Allstate offers tornado damage assessment advice to homeowners

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The insurance company has been issuing advice to homeowners in areas where twisters have touched down. Following a twister that touched down in Maryland, along the state’s Eastern Shore, Allstate has been providing tornado damage assessment recommendations to residents of the area. The insurance company is providing tips to homeowners to help them to know whether or not their properties were damaged by a tornado and, if so, where and to what extent. Allstate pointed out that homeowners should be very careful when returning to their properties after dangerous weather.…

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