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Texas Led Nation in Catastrophic Losses in 2015

Tornadoes, hailstorms and fires took their toll on Texas last year with insured losses well over $3 billion, according to an insurer trade group The state had over three times as many claims and almost three times the dollar amount in losses …

Tennessee Records 19 Tornadoes in 2015

Weather officials say 19 tornadoes touched down in Tennessee last year, marking the state’s lowest total since 2007. The National Weather Service said one tornado struck the state in April and two touched down in May of 2015. A record-setting …

‘Couldn’t Stand the Weather’ Sums Up South Central News in 2015

If you scan the song/album list of the late, great Texas blues guitar powerhouse, Stevie Ray Vaughan, you’ll get an inkling of what the major stories from Insurance Journal’s South Central region in 2015 were about: the weather and its aftereffects. Titles from Stevie …

Buildings Damaged by Storms in Louisiana; No Injuries Reported

A storm system damaged buildings and cut power across Louisiana on Sunday night and Monday morning, but no injuries were reported. Strong winds blew trees onto at least eight mobile homes in Blanchard, northwest of Shreveport. A business and several homes had …

FEMA Disaster Aid to Arkansas Tops $2M

Federal officials say the government has provided more than $2 million in aid to help Arkansas recover from storms that hit in May and June. Tornadoes, high winds and flooding ravaged the state between May 7 and June 15. The …

Disaster Area Declared for Colorado Following Flooding

President Barack Obama has declared that a major disaster exists in Colorado and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in areas affected by storms, tornadoes, flooding, landslides and mudslides in early summer. The Denver Post …

High Winds, Tornadoes Damage Parts of Midwest

Several Midwest states have been hit with damaging winds, tornadoes and flooding over the past several days. Forecasters say at least four unconfirmed tornadoes may touched down in western Minnesota when strong storms moved through the state. In Indiana, residents …

Global Insured Cat Losses in First Half Are Below Long-Term Average: Munich Re

Overall losses and insured losses from natural catastrophes during the first half of 2015 were below long-term average values, according to a review of global natural catastrophes issued by Munich Re. Total natural catastrophe losses incurred in the first half …

Michigan Hit with Damaging Winds, Tornados, Flooding

A series of severe thunderstorms that pushed damaging winds and tornados into several parts of Michigan on Monday and Tuesday wrecked homes and knocked out power to thousands of people, officials said. From Monday afternoon through early Tuesday, the National …

May U.S. Storm, Tornado Claims over $1Bn: Aon Benfield/Impact Forecasting

Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield’s catastrophe model development team, has released its latest Global Catastrophe Recap report for the month of May. The report highlights the “powerful thunderstorms” that caused “major flooding across the U.S. states of Texas and Oklahoma during …