Hurricane Sandy News

Local Conn. Businesses Are Told to Plan Ahead, Prepare for Next Big Storm

A Category 3 hurricane with forces not seen in Eastern Connecticut for nearly 100 years barrels into the mouth of the Connecticut River. Roads are blocked by downed trees and utility lines. Power is expected to be out for up …

A.M. Best: Reinsurance Sector Faces New Reality Shaped by Abundant Capacity

The reinsurance market is operating in a new reality of abundant capacity from traditional and alternative sources, low interest rates and thinner reinsurance margins, driven by intense competition against shrinking demand for reinsurance cover, according to A.M. Best’s annual special …

Climate Change Modeling on Cusp of Paradigm Shift

In the face of growing interest in climate change impacts, several big catastrophe modelers said they’ve heard from more clients interested in receiving climate-related data and they believe the field is on the cusp of a change in the way …

Feds to Audit N.J. Gov. Christie’s Use of Sandy Relief Funds

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie faces a federal investigation over his use of $25 million of Hurricane Sandy relief money for a commercial he starred in promoting tourism at the New Jersey shore. The inspector general’s office at the U.S. …

Sandy Victims Want Help With Insurers, Bureaucrats

The water came in torrents; the aid is being parceled out drip by drip. That was one of the main complaints voiced Monday by victims of Superstorm Sandy at a legislative hearing in Trenton, New Jersey, on the pace of …

Gov. Christie, HUD Head Update Sandy Rebuilding in New Jersey

Recovery from Superstorm Sandy is proceeding at a steady pace with the help of billions in federal aid, shifting attention to measures that can be taken to reduce or prevent similar devastation in the future.That will include a multi-layered approach …

Hurricane Task Force Recommends Resilient Power for Wireless

U.S. wireless communications networks should be made more resilient in extreme weather emergencies, according to a government task force studying the effects of Hurricane Sandy. The Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force recommended improving the communications networks so cellular towers and …

Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force Addresses Insurance Challenges

The Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, led by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, issued a report Monday that provides recommendations for mitigating harm from future storms. Recommendations include assisting homeowners to stay in their homes after disasters …

Stilt Houses in Greenwich, Conn., Foreshadow Impact of New Flood Maps

In the coastal areas of Greenwich, Connecticut, the latest housing craze requires hydraulic jacks, pylons and stilts. One home towers over its neighbors like a cruise ship. Others look like expensive tree houses. “People are stopping in to ask us …

Massachusetts Sees Spike in Hurricane Sandy Title Scams

The Registry of Motor Vehicles is warning consumers in western Massachusetts to watch out for scammers who sell cars with reconstructed titles from Oregon that mask vehicles damaged during Hurricane Sandy. The RMV says hidden water damage could pose dangers …