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How reliable are severe weather emergency alerts?

June 5, 2019 by Jason Contant

Two tornadoes that swept through the Ottawa region Sunday have prompted questions about the effectiveness of Canada’s emergency alert system. Questions arose after numerous residents reported that they never received warnings about a tornado that hit Orléans, an east-end suburb

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Tornadoes hit Gatineau, Ottawa areas, though no injuries reported

June 3, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Strong winds uprooted trees and damaged homes, but nobody was injured when a tornado touched down in the Ottawa area Sunday evening. Environment Canada issued tornado warnings in eastern Ontario and western Quebec after someone spotted a twister

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Frustration after emergency alerts not received before deadly Manitoba tornado

August 7, 2018 The Canadian Press

ALONSA, Man. – Residents are frustrated they didn’t receive emergency alerts on their cell phones before a strong tornado tore through a small Manitoba community on Friday. The EF4 tornado moved through the Rural Municipality of Alonsa on Friday night

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Cleanup underway after severe storm with heavy winds rips through Montreal area

August 23, 2017 Sidhartha Banerjee - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Crews began cleaning up in Quebec on Wednesday after a suspected tornado hit one town and severe thunderstorms ripped through other parts of the province, felling century-old trees in one Montreal neighbourhood. The Montreal area and the Laurentian

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Catastrophe losses contribute to decrease in 2017 Q2 net income for Travelers

July 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Solid net investment income was not enough to offset higher catastrophe losses and lower underlying underwriting gains, contributing to the Travelers Companies, Inc. witnessing lower net income for 2017 Q2 compared to 2016 Q2. Net income was US$595 million for

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Saskatoon thunderstorm estimated to cost over US$30 million, floods and convective storms cost global economy US$5 billion in June: Aon Benfield

July 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A thunderstorm over Saskatoon on June 2 that spawned ping pong ball-sized hail is estimated to cost more than US$30 million, Aon Benfield said in its Global Catastrophe Recap report for the month of June. The fast-developing thunderstorm caused the

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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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Ontario government ‘taking lessons learned’ from Fukushima nuclear disaster: Lalonde

May 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Ontario’s community safety and correctional services minister is calling on “everyone interested” to comment on proposed changes to the Provincial Nuclear Emergency Response Plan. The province is home to the world’s largest nuclear operating facility, Bruce Power reports on its

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Aspen posts net income after tax of US$95.5 million for first quarter of 2017

April 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Hamilton, Bermuda-based Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited has reported a net income after tax of US$95.5 million for the first quarter of 2017 ending March 31, down from US$114.4 million in the same quarter of 2016. The insurer’s operating income after

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Risk to U.S. property from severe convective storms as high as from hurricanes: Willis Re

March 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Severe convective storms (SCS) posed as much risk to property in the United States as hurricanes between 2003 and 2015, with the average annual loss from SCS amounting to US$11.23 billion compared to US$11.28 billion from hurricanes. So concludes a

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Outbreak of severe convective storms across U.S. Midwest causing widespread damage in Missouri, Iowa and Minnesota: RMS

March 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

As of March 8, cumulative preliminary tornado, hail and straight-line wind reports in the United States for the year have all been more than double their respective 2005-2015 averages, according to the records of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s

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Flooding and damaging winds most destructive U.S. natural hazards in 2016: CoreLogic

January 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Natural hazard activity in the United States in 2016 was “relatively average or below average,” with the exception of flood and wind, both of which saw above-average activity, due in large part to Hurricane Matthew, CoreLogic, Inc. said on Thursday.