storm damage News

Georgia Estimates $30M in Insured Losses from Early January Storm

A violent storm that hit southwest Georgia at the start of the year, killing at least one person, is estimated to have caused $30 million in insured losses, according to the state’s insurance office. Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said damage …

PCI Throws Support Behind Montana Bill Aimed at Storm-damage Contractors

The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America is throwing its support behind a bill in Montana that would toughen rules on storm-damage contractors. House Bill 222, authored by Dennis Lenz, R-Billings, would create the Montana Exterior Residential Storm Damage Repair …

Violent Storm in Southwest Georgia Kills 1, Damages 1,000 Homes

Fire officials say a woman has died after a violent storm struck southwest Georgia. Albany Fire Chief Ron Rowe said Tuesday that more than 1,000 homes were damaged when a storm about a mile wide swept through the area about …

Florida Church Struggles to Fix Steeple Toppled by Hurricane Matthew

The pastor of a Florida church whose steeple was toppled by Hurricane Matthew says it’s painful to see the storm’s damage linger. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that the 25-foot steeple remains where it fell next to Historic New Bethel …

Wind and Rain from Hurricane Matthew Block Roads, Cut Power in Virginia

High water and downed trees are blocking roads and tens of thousands of people are without power as southeastern Virginia cleans up after Hurricane Matthew’s heavy rain and winds. Dominion Virginia Power says more than 100,000 customers in Virginia are …

Delaware Insurance Commissioner Advises Residents in Case of Hurricane Matthew

Delaware Insurance Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart is encouraging Delaware residents to take action now to prepare for potential damages and interruptions from Hurricane Matthew. Although it is too early to predict the long-term track of the storm, residents are encouraged …

Iowa Request for Federal Disaster Declaration Approved

The governor’s office says the White House has issued a presidential disaster declaration for eight Iowa counties hit hard by several storms in late August. The office of Gov. Terry Branstad said the counties are Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Floyd, …

Storm Damage Causes Toyota Plant in Texas to Halt Production

A Toyota Motor Corp. assembly plant in San Antonio that makes Tundra and Tacoma pickup trucks has suspended production due to storm damage from a system that dumped up to four inches of rain. Toyota spokesman Mario Lozoya says the plant …

South Carolina Lawmakers Override Governor’s Farm Aid Veto

With dozens of farmers in the lobby and lawmakers cheering every speech, the South Carolina House on Tuesday voted to override Gov. Nikki Haley’s veto of a bill offering $40 million in state aid to farmers who lost their crops …

South Carolina Governor Vetoes $40M Flood Aid Bill for Farmers

Gov. Nikki Haley vetoed a bill Monday that would send $40 million in aid to South Carolina farmers, saying farmers may complain loudly, but don’t need a bailout that isn’t being offered to all small businesses. The veto sets up …