A Cluster of Winter Storms Slams the UK over the Holidays: AIR Worldwide

Winter Storms insurance claims

BOSTON, Dec. 28, 2013 — According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, over the last several days, a series of three winter storms (named Christian, Dirk, and Erich) cut power to hundreds of thousands of homes across the UK and France and flooded an estimated 1,200 homes across the UK. As of Friday afternoon local time, an estimated 13,000 homes were still without power. Trains, ferries, and aircraft have experienced significant delays and cancellations. Extratropical cyclones, also known as winter storms, form when a warm, tropical air mass interacts with…

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UK property owners struggle to find home coverage into 2013 as flood insurance agreement ends

Approximately 200,000 U.K. homeowners face fears over a struggle to adequately insure their properties after the flood insurance agreement ends in 2013. Since 2000, the Provision of Flood Insurance Statement of Principles has been continuing an agreement between the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and the government. It states that homeowners’ insurers must make flood insurance as accessible as possible to residents of the U.K. This has make homeowners’ insurance available to customers who are living in regions with a high flooding risk. However, this agreement will end as of…

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