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U.S. Storm Prediction Center issues high risk outlook for January for first time in two decades: RMS

January 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The severe storms that have struck the southern United States have prompted the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) to issue a “high risk” outlook in the month of January for the first time in nearly two decades, Risk Management Solutions, Inc.

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Terrorism insurance calls for ‘high level of vigilance:’ Guy Carpenter

January 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Reinsurers are “striving to close gaps” in policies covering terrorism, while the decline in reinsurance pricing has moderated, Guy Carpenter & Company LLC suggested in a release Thursday. “While there are many areas of focus for product expansion and evolution

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Coastal wetlands prevented more than US$625 million in property damages during Hurricane Sandy in 2012: report

October 25, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

More than US$625 million in property damages were prevented during Hurricane Sandy in 2012 by coastal wetlands along the coast northeast coast of the United States, according to a new report released on Tuesday. Using the latest modelling techniques, scientists

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Nearly 2 million homes in Florida, the Carolinas and Georgia at risk of storm surge damage from Hurricane Matthew: CoreLogic

October 6, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Nearly two million homes in Florida, North and South Carolina and Georgia are risk of storm surge damage from Hurricane Matthew as it makes its way toward the United States’ Atlantic Coast, according to new data from CoreLogic, Inc. On

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Slow-moving Hurricane Matthew expected to make landfall in Haiti on Tuesday as Category 4 storm

October 4, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Slow-moving Hurricane Matthew is forecast to make landfall on Haiti’s Tiburon Peninsula around midday on Tuesday as a Category 4 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). As one of the most powerful North Atlantic hurricanes in recent history

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Frequency of improvised explosive device attacks ‘a key statistic’ for insurers: RMS

September 19, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Explosions this past weekend in the Eastern United States have “implications for the modeling of terrorism risk,” Risk Management Solutions (RMS) Inc. stated Monday in a release. The Associated Press reported that an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded Saturday night

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Insured losses from Hurricane Hermine will likely not exceed US$400 million: RMS

September 19, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Global catastrophe risk management firm Risk Management Solutions, Inc. (RMS) estimated on Monday that the insured loss associated with wind and coastal flooding from Hurricane Hermine will not exceed US$400 million. This figure includes property damage and business interruption caused

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Meranti southeast China’s most powerful typhoon in decades

September 16, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Although Typhoon Meranti weakened significantly as it approached China, it still came ashore with a central pressure of 940 mbar, the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane – the strongest typhoon in the region since 1949, according to catastrophe modelling

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Flash estimate for insured losses from Hurricane Hermine US$500 million: KCC

September 6, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The current flash estimate of insured losses associated with Hurricane Hermine – likely to produce in excess of 50,000 claims – approaches US$500 million, with total economic damages almost US$1 billion, Karen Clark & Company (KCC) reported Friday. “The storm

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Recent earthquakes a reminder that events can happen anywhere: I.I.I.

August 26, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The recent earthquakes in Italy and Myanmar are a warning to homeowners and business owners in regions that may also be at risk to consider purchasing earthquake insurance, notes the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). Just 10% of homeowners in the U.S. have

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Saturated ground means more rain could spur more flooding in southern Louisiana: AIR Worldwide

August 25, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Additional rainfall could result in more flooding in southern Louisiana, already hit hard by extensive flooding associated with one of the state’s most catastrophic, non-tropical cyclone-triggered flood events in decades. “In the event of further rainfall, the region’s flat topography,

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Louisiana flooding “one of the most significant” natural disasters since Superstorm Sandy, 40,000-60,000 properties affected: RMS

August 19, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Flooding in Louisiana is “one of the most significant U.S. natural disasters, let alone flood events, since Superstorm Sandy” in 2012, Risk Management Solutions, Inc. (RMS) said on Friday. Heavy rainfall since Friday, Aug. 12 has caused widespread riverine flooding