Hurricane Dorian gives Americans a wake-up call they should not ignore, says Allstate

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The insurer’s data shows that almost 60 percent of U.S. residents aren’t prepared for a natural disaster. Well over half of all Americans would have been completely unprepared for an event like Hurricane Dorian, said a recent report released by Allstate Insurance. Nearly 60 percent of Americans are assuming that natural disasters won’t affect them. Allstate Insurance used Hurricane Dorian as an example of the type of natural disaster that can threaten Americans. Its report showed that while 70 percent of Americans say that they are concerned over catastrophic events…

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Storm insurance losses from Hurricane Florence may reach $5 billion

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North and South Carolina are still in only the earliest stages of gauging the wind and water damage. Analysts are beginning to attempt to determine what the storm insurance losses from Hurricane Florence will be, even at this early stage. Regions of both North and South Carolina are just getting started in determining the extent of the damage left behind by the massive Atlantic storm. Early estimates may not necessarily reflect final totals, but the industry is trying to get a hold of the numbers. Risk Management Solutions (RMS) has…

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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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Hurricane flood insurance coverage not carried by many Matthew victims

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Many of the homeowners who experienced damage from flooding don’t have the necessary coverage. Many victims of Hurricane Matthew who have never had a drop of water in their homes before are finding themselves underwater without hurricane flood insurance. Communities well inland and far from flood plains were rescued by firefighters in boats. Though the concern had been seawater driven ashore, it was rain and runoff that caused considerable flooding. Drainage ditches were overwhelmed, sending rising waters into the homes of people without hurricane flood insurance. For many of them,…

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Hurricane insurance losses from Hermine won’t hurt the industry

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The storm that made landfall in Florida on Friday certainly left damage behind, but nowhere near the worst. When Hermine made landfall in Florida, it left the first hurricane insurance losses seen in the state since 2005. While there were concerns that it would strengthen significantly, but fortunately the worst case didn’t happen. Hurricane Hermine left hundreds of thousands without power while flooding certain areas. Industry analysts have taken a look at the initial damages and have predicted that hurricane insurance losses won’t be crippling to property insurers. While the…

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The cost of natural disaster insurance hasn’t been this low in 6 years

Austrailia Has Seen it's Share of Natural Disaster insurance

Global insurers saw the lowest expenses associated with those catastrophes they’ve seen since 2009. According to the largest reinsurance company on the planet, last year’s costs for natural disaster insurance claims – that is, the expenses from catastrophes such as earthquakes and massive storms – were lower than they have been since 2009. The reinsurer released a report that looked back over the last year and showed it was less costly than the last six. The reinsurer in question was Munich Re, which released its analysis of natural disaster insurance…

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The 2015 hurricane season predictions are good insurance news

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If the recent forecasts are correct about this year, it could mean that damage and claims will be low. A set of insurance news forecasts have now been released with regards to the 2015 Atlantic basin hurricane season and it looks as though this year could be offering another one that is on the quiet side. Researchers at Colorado State were among those that released their 2015 hurricane season forecast. The predictions from Colorado State have been made since 1984 and are those that are frequently consulted when seeking a…

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