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Home explodes in DC suburb: ‘It’s just a pile of bricks’

March 20, 2017 The Associated Press

ROCKVILLE, Md. – A house in a Maryland suburb of the nation’s capital was levelled early Friday by a thunderous explosion heard for miles around, a blast so powerful it shattered windows and caused other damage to several neighbouring homes,

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15 U.S. weather and climate disasters in 2016 caused US$46 billion in damages: NOAA

January 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The United States experienced 15 “weather and climate disasters” last year – each with losses exceeding US$1 billion – for a total of US$46 billion, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported on Monday. The disasters, which included eight

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Otto enters Pacific after devastation, 4 dead in Costa Rica

November 25, 2016 Luis Manuel Galeano - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Tropical Storm Otto killed at least four people in Costa Rica and then headed into the Pacific Ocean Friday after making landfall as the southernmost hurricane on record to hit Central America. Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo

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1.8 million homes in 13 western states at extreme or high risk of wildfire damage: CoreLogic

October 26, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Nearly two million homes in 13 western states are at an extreme or high risk of wildfire damage, according to a new report from CoreLogic, Inc. CoreLogic, a global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, said on Wednesday that

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North Carolina buildings take $1.5B hit from Matthew floods

October 17, 2016 Jonathan Drew - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

RALEIGH, N.C. – Flooding spawned by Hurricane Matthew has caused $1.5 billion in damage to 100,000 homes, businesses and government buildings in North Carolina, according to a state estimate. The figure released late Saturday represents one of the first detailed

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California heat wave intensifies wildfire threatening homes

September 27, 2016 Noah Berger and Kristin J. Bender - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

MORGAN HILL, Calif. – A heat wave stifling drought-stricken California worsened a wildfire Tuesday that burned buildings and forced people from their homes in remote communities along the Santa Cruz Mountains. The blaze in a rugged area about 30 miles

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West Virginia Governor calls special legislative session to address “unprecedented” June flood costs

September 19, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Earl Ray Tomblin, the Governor of West Virginia, announced on Friday an extraordinary session of the state legislature to address the state’s share of costs associated with flooding in late June of this year. “The June flooding was unprecedented in

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Estimated $66 million in insured damage from severe summer storms in southern Prairies: IBC, CatIQ

September 8, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Recent severe storms that swept through the southern Prairies – producing heavy rainfall, large hail, high winds, tornadoes and extreme lightning – are estimated to result in insured damage topping $66 million. The damage estimate released by Insurance Bureau of

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Louisiana, Mississippi flooding could exceed US$1.5 billion in economic damage, insured portion will be much less: Impact Forecasting

August 15, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Recent flooding across parts of Louisiana and southern Mississippi could approach or possibly exceed US$1.5 billion in economic damage, Impact Forecasting suggested in a cat alert issued on Sunday. “Based on the volume of river crest records that have been

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California officials: Faulty hot tub caused deadly 2015 fire

August 12, 2016 Paul Elias - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN FRANCISCO – A hot tub’s faulty wiring ignited one of California’s most destructive wildfires, a blaze that killed four people, sent four firefighters to the hospital and destroyed more than 1,300 homes last year, officials said Wednesday. In addition,

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June storms in Ontario and Prairies cost about $34 million in insured damage: CatIQ

July 19, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The storms that hit Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario on June 24 and 25 caused more than $34 million in insured damage, according to estimates from Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ). A press release issued on Tuesday by the Insurance

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DBRS estimates Fort McMurray insurance claims at between $2 billion and $6 billion

May 13, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Toronto-headquartered credit rating firm DBRS Limited has estimated that the total claim costs for the Fort McMurray wildfire will likely be in the range of $2 billion to $6 billion. DBRS said in a briefing on Friday that it is