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Fierce storm causes storm surges, extensive power outages in Atlantic Canada

January 8, 2018 Alison Auld - THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – Work crews were fanning out across parts of Atlantic Canada on Friday after a fierce winter storm blasted the region with hurricane-force winds that flooded coastal roads, knocked out power and lashed waterfronts with surging seas. Tens of

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Death toll rises to 35 from powerful, magnitude 8.1 earthquake in Mexico

September 8, 2017 Mark Stevenson - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

MEXICO CITY – One of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded in Mexico struck off the country’s southern coast, toppling hundreds of buildings, triggering tsunami evacuations and sending panicked people fleeing into the streets in the middle of the night.

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More than 200,000 homes in Texas at potential risk of storm surge damage from Hurricane Harvey: CoreLogic

August 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

More than 200,000 homes along the coast of Texas with a reconstruction cost value (RCV) of approximately US$39.6 billion are at potential risk of storm surge damage from Hurricane Harvey, CoreLogic suggested late Thursday. Irvine, Calif-based CoreLogic, a global property

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Emergency broadcast station being considered in New Brunswick following January ice storm

August 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

New Brunswick’s primary electrical utility in the province, NB Power, and the province’s Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) said on Friday that they considering creating a dedicated emergency broadcast station to provide essential information to people in the province in times of crisis. The consideration is one of 51 recommendations contained in a provincial review of the Atlantic Canada storm in the winter of 2017, released on Friday. From Jan. 24-26, an ice storm hit central and eastern New Brunswick, from Miscou Island to Sackville. The intense low-pressure system resulted in…

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Summer storm floods Saskatoon streets, cuts power and forces mall to close

August 9, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

SASKATOON – A summer storm that swamped Saskatoon submerged streets, knocked out power in some neighbourhoods and forced a city mall to close. Market Mall shut down Tuesday afternoon after rain, which dumped more than 50 millimetres on some parts

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Estimated insured damage for June storm in central Alberta upwards of $30 million

July 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A severe storm that swept through central Alberta in the third week of June is estimated to have caused more than $30 million in insured damage, reports Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), citing figures from Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc.

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Parts of Wisconsin, Illinois recovering from flooding; 6,800 buildings affected in Illinois

July 14, 2017 Ivan Moreno - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

BURLINGTON, Wis. – Flooding in the Midwest closed roadways and knocked out power to thousands, including a suburban Chicago hospital that was forced to close, but residents in the Wisconsin city of Burlington appeared upbeat even as portions of streets

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Severe thunderstorm in Saskatoon causes power outages, street flooding

July 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Crews from the City of Saskatoon are responding to “power outages, lifted manhole covers and flooded streets” following a severe thunderstorm Monday evening. According to a press release on Monday from the city, Environment Canada issued a thunderstorm warning and

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VirtualArmour expands penetration into energy sector cyber protection

July 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

VirtualArmour International Inc. has partnered with a global architectural design and engineering firm that services the energy industry to design new security infrastructure in light of the sector increasingly becoming a target for cyber attacks. Under the terms of a

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Canadians evacuated from homes after a wildfire can expect to suffer $11,300 in financial losses: Square One Insurance

July 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canadians evacuated from their homes because of wildfires can expect to suffer an average of $11,300 in financial losses, a recent study from Square One Insurance Services Inc. has found. Those with home insurance can recover most, but not all,

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Suspected tornado flattens businesses in Alabama

June 22, 2017 Kevin McGill - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW ORLEANS – A suspected tornado near Birmingham, Alabama, flattened businesses and injured one person Thursday, while the mayor of a coastal Louisiana town urged residents to evacuate ahead of a rising tide – two lingering effects of a weakening

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May storms in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes caused hundreds of millions in damage and damaged more than 5,200 homes: Aon Benfield

June 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Several low pressure systems that brought heavy rainfall to portions of Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes last month caused “hundreds of millions” in U.S. dollars and damaged more than 5,200 homes, according to Impact Forecasting’s latest Global Catastrophe Recap for