Severe weather damage in the US hits the $4 billion mark

Severe Weather Damage - Flooding

Hailstorms and other disasters have caused quite a bit of destruction already in 2020, says Aon. Severe weather damage from events across the United States have led to substantial costs for insurers. A sizeable portion of the $4 billion estimated economic cost is covered by insurance policies. Much or the severe weather damage caused by storms have involved hail, according to the monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report from Aon. A substantial storm outbreak struck the Plains, Midwest and Southeast on May 4 and 5. This event primarily affected parts of…

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Secondary catastrophic perils on the rise from climate change, says Swiss Re

Secondary catastrophic perils - tornado destruction

Global economic losses from disasters (natural and human-caused) last year reached $146 billion. Secondary catastrophic perils are rising in a measurable way as a result of climate change, said a recent Swiss Re Institute sigma. The sigma was titled “Natural catastrophes in times of economic accumulation and climate change”. Severe weather events were the primary driver of losses overall last year, as was the case in years prior. Last year, worldwide economic losses from disasters broke the $146 billion mark. This represented a fall from 2018’s $176 billion. The ten-year…

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Arkansas places moratorium on tornado insurance policies to protect homeowners

Tornado insurance policies - Tornado - Storm

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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5.7 magnitude Utah earthquake places spotlight on insurance coverage

Utah earthquake - cracked road

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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Natural disaster damage sends homeowners insurance rates skyward

Natural Disaster Damage - Tornado destruction

Insured losses resulting from claims relating to Mother Nature have been climbing sharply. Natural disaster damage has been sending homeowners insurance claims upward and, as a result, it has meant that rates for policies have been rising, too. A new analysis showed that severe storms and other catastrophes are becoming more common. Over the last ten years, natural disaster damage has become more commonplace and more expensive for homeowners and insurers. According to a new analysis, this is causing home insurance rates to head sky high. The analysis was done…

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

Hurricane Dorian - Storm heading toward Florida

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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Citizens Insurance is still battling thousands of Hurricane Irma lawsuits

Citizens Insurance - Hurricane Irma - Home Destruction

The Florida insurer of last resort is still grappling with legal challenges from two years ago. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and state lawmakers recently approved a Citizens Insurance overhaul plan. The overhaul redesigned the controversial “assignment of benefits” practice. It also added new restrictions regarding lawsuits that can be filed against insurance companies. The state-backed insurance company will still need to deal with its thousands of existing lawsuits. Citizens Insurance is still attempting to work its way through thousands of existing lawsuits. These were filed well before the overhaul was…

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