Coastal area residents should prepare for the worst

The impending hurricane season is expected to be one of the most active in years, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).While it is impossible to predetermine whether hurricanes forming in the Atlantic Ocean will ever reach land, NOAA is advising residents of coastal areas to be prepared for the worst. The Insurance Information Institute recently released a statement regarding the importance of adequate property insurance, particularly for those living in Florida. According to the Institute, there are many things to consider when preparing for hurricanes. Florida has…

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Officials urge policy reviews due to predictions of an overactive hurricane season

In the last two months, the southern and Midwest portions of the U.S. have been pounded by a rash of tornado outbreaks. These tornadoes have caused billions of dollars worth of damages and taken hundreds of lives. Unfortunately, they have struck areas where many of the homeowners were not insured or underinsured for the amount of damage that occurred. In the past eight weeks there have been reports of over one thousand tornadoes; 960 of those reports have been confirmed. This year, the portion of the U.S. known as “tornado…

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Damage from the worst tornado season in 50 years in the billions

As the storms of the south begin to relent, residents are beginning the long, arduous path towards recovery. Insurers have assessed the extent of the damage and are reporting insured losses could cost billions of dollars. The recovery efforts will be nothing short of massive. The National Weather System has accounted for nearly 200 tornadoes having formed during the worst of the storms – the highest number of tornadoes that has occurred in the region in over 50 years. Coupled with hail and wind storms, the damage throughout the Southeast…

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Could be just the beginning as deadly storms rip through the U.S.

Spring storms tore through the southern portion of the states last week leaving massive damage and loss of life in its aftermath. Virginia is no stranger to bad weather; over the last sixty years, they’ve had almost 600 tornados. But the previous storms were not like this one. Initial figures have eleven deaths total, and over 7.5 million in damages in one county. Virginia is used to getting thunderstorms and even tornados. However, most are EF1, or an EF2 and short lived. They don’t stay formed for very long and…

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Insurance agents and adjusters have their hands full in St. Louis storm ravished areas

Following Friday’s extraordinarily severe weather, teams of insurance and emergency personnel from all around Missouri have gathered in the St. Louis region to better coordinate their efforts there. While emergency response crews conducted house-to-house searches, insurance agents began fielding a sleuth of claims of damaged property. While there have been no casualties as yet, the experience has left many in a state of disbelief. The storms have wrought massive amounts of damage, says Pattonville Fire Protection District Battalion Chief K.J. Spurlock. “Cars upside down, large trees and power lines are…

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