2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season predictions suggest an active year

2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season - Hurricane seen from above

Colorado State University experts predict an above average level of storm activity. Meteorological experts at Colorado State University have released their 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season predictions. They predict that the six months starting in June will be more active than average. Last year was a particularly catastrophic year for storms from June through November. The most devastating was Hurricane Dorian, which came to a near rest over the Bahamas for 36 hours, leaving catastrophe behind. That was a massive Category 5 hurricane. It broke tropical storm intensity records for striking…

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Life insurance policy availability for coronavirus coverage may soon shrink

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Insurers feel the COVID-19 pandemic comes with too many uncertainties to offer cover. Life insurance policy sales have been spiking since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the availability of this coverage may not continue as it has been. Insurers have been faced with a sudden and dramatic amount of unknown coverage data. Life insurance policy sales are based on the answers to several questions and the use of actuarial tables to determine each applicant’s rates. However, with the addition of the coronavirus pandemic, the factors influencing what an…

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Arkansas places moratorium on tornado insurance policies to protect homeowners

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The 60-day moratorium stops insurers from being able to cancel coverage to residents affected by Saturday’s twister. The Arkansas Insurance Department has issued a 60-day moratorium on the cancellation of tornado insurance policies. This move was made following the Jonesboro tornado that ripped through homes, a mall and other buildings. This is meant to stop insurers from cancelling coverage of affected Craighead County residents. Residents affected by the Jonesboro twister cannot have their tornado insurance policies cancelled due to non-payment for another 60 days. That said, it is only affected…

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FEMA announces 120-day NFIP grace period for flood policy renewals

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency is lengthening this time from having been 30 days. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the extension of the NFIP grace period for flood insurance policy renewals to 120 days. The National Flood Insurance Program’s limit used to be thirty days. The reason the NFIP grace period length has changed is that FEMA is aiming to provide customers with relief at the moment. It acknowledges that many people are struggling with financial hardships from the coronavirus pandemic. Therefore, the extension is meant to…

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5.7 magnitude Utah earthquake places spotlight on insurance coverage

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The quake struck the state on Wednesday morning, knocking out power and shaking residents. The 5.7 magnitude Utah earthquake that struck on Wednesday morning has reminded residents and business owners of the importance of coverage. Around 55,000 people were left in the dark from power outages in the Salt Lake City Area. The magnitude of the Utah earthquake was reported by the US Geological Survey, and the power outage figures were released by Rocky Mountain Power. Local news reports shared that many people in the region were startled by the…

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Unpaid insurance claims leave Puerto Rico with a massive $1.6 billion disaster bill

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The U.S. territory is wrapped in accusations of fraud and lawsuits against home insurers. Cities and homeowners alike are facing widespread unpaid insurance claims following several disasters to strike Puerto Rico. Some claim they’re receiving unfair low payments while others have watched insurers shut down. Fraud accusations and lawsuits are taking flight in every direction as many face unpaid insurance claims following the earthquakes, hurricanes and other disasters. Puerto Rico has been struggling with one catastrophe after the next. The island has been struck by hundreds of earthquakes over a…

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Citibank hit with $18 million flood insurance penalty

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A U.S. banking regulator requires the bank to pay the fine for failure to comply with coverage requirements. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced this week that it was issuing a flood insurance penalty to Citibank. The bank was reprimanded for having failed to comply with mandatory flooding coverage regulations. The fine is reported to be $18 million as a result of mandatory flood coverage purchase delays. The U.S. banking regulator hit Citibank with the flood insurance penalty in response to mandatory coverage purchasing for properties where…

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