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#1 Crews Make Progress in Containing Texas Wildfire

Mar 23 2022 // Firefighting crews were making progress containing a massive Texas wildfire that was blamed for last week’s death of a deputy, officials said. The Eastland Complex has burned about 85 square miles (220 square...

#2 Mexican Insurtech Startup Offers Quick Claims Payments for Earthquake Damage

Sep 27 2021 // Mexican startup Super, which offers coverage for earthquake property damages, plans to expand into hurricane insurance and possibly raise a fresh funding round next year, according to chief executive officer and founder...

#3 Tornadoes Cause Limited Damage in Alabama, Mississippi

Mar 24 2022 // The same severe weather front that destroyed property in Texas and Louisiana also spawned at least six tornadoes in Mississippi and Alabama, but damage appeared to limited. In Baldwin County, in south Alabama, emergency...

#4 ‘The Phones Started Ringing Right Away’: Cat Modeling Pioneer Karen Clark Recalls Hurricane Andrew

Jun 1 2022 // At the start of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, Insurance Journal spoke with Karen Clark, founder of two catastrophe modeling firms and now CEO of Karen Clark & Company (KCC). August 24, 2022 is the 30th...

#5 Floods, Storms Drive Global Insured Catastrophe Losses of US$38B in H1 2022: Swiss Re

Aug 2 2022 // A series of winter storms in Europe, record floods in Australia and South Africa as well as a high number of thunderstorms in the U.S. and Europe resulted in US$35 billion of insured losses from natural catastrophes in the...

#6 ‘Keep Delivering’: Amazon Tornado Tragedy Raises Emergency Safety Training Questions

Dec 17 2021 // The messages between an Amazon.com Inc. delivery driver and her boss began about 80 minutes before a tornado struck one of the company’s warehouses in Edwardsville, Illinois, on Dec. 10, killing six workers. The...

#7 Amazon Urged to Review Emergency Plans in Wake of Deadly Tornado

Apr 28 2022 // Amazon.com Inc. should better prepare workers for extreme weather events, according to federal regulators who investigated a deadly tornado strike on a company warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois. The storm ripped through...

#8 Record Heatwave Scorches Europe, as Wildfires Continue to Rage in France, Spain

Jul 19 2022 // Britain was forecast to see temperatures hit 40C (104F) for the first time on Tuesday after logging its warmest night on record, while wildfires raged across parched countryside in France, Spain and elsewhere. As a...

#9 Climate Migration: California Wildfire Pushes Family to Vermont ‘Climate Haven’

Aug 9 2022 // PROCTOR, Vt. (AP) — Weeks after surviving one of the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in California history, the Holden family just wanted a new home. The family of seven couldn’t find anything nearby to...

#10 Study Links Cleaner Air to More Atlantic Hurricanes

May 13 2022 // Cleaner air in United States and Europe is brewing more Atlantic hurricanes, a new U.S. government study found. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study links changes in regionalized air pollution across...

#11 Concerned Scientists: Climate Ties U.S. Wildfires and Water Together in Many Ways

Jun 9 2022 // A provider of predictive data and analytics for climate risk and resilience is partnering with global environmental organization The Nature Conservancy to protect sensitive natural areas and provide estimates of future...

#12 How Climate Change Is Fueling More Intense Global Wildfires

May 16 2022 // Already, 2022 is taking its place in a pantheon of years that have seen the nature of fire change — and all parts of the world fall under threat. It’s only expected to get worse, with drought and heat waves looming...

#13 North Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins With Ripe Conditions for Above-Average Activity

Jun 1 2022 // As the North Atlantic hurricane season begins officially today, forecasters continue to predict above-average storm activity. The pre-season forecast update for North Atlantic hurricane activity still predicts 18 named...

#14 Colorado St. Hurricane Team Now Forecasts ‘Well Above-Average’ Hurricane Season

Jun 3 2022 // A day after hurricane season began on June 1, the hurricane research team at Colorado State University upped its forecast of the Atlantic hurricane season to “well above average” and predicted five major...

#15 Hurricane Fiona Losses Depend on Business Interruption, Cause

Sep 22 2022 // AM Best said it expects insured losses from Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico to be influenced by business interruption caused by widespread power outages but losses should be manageable for the industry. “It could take...

#16 Insurer Travelers’ Profit Beats on Lower Catastrophe Losses

Apr 19 2022 // Property and casualty insurer Travelers Companies Inc. reported a 48% jump in quarterly profit that beat analysts’ estimates on Tuesday, as lower catastrophe-related claims cushioned a hit from investment losses. The...

#17 State Farm to Pay $100 Million to Federal Government for Hurricane Katrina Claims

Aug 25 2022 // State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. and two former claims-adjuster sisters, who more than 16 years ago filed a lawsuit claiming the insurer committed fraud against the government’s National Flood Insurance Program...

#18 Month-Long Halt in Hurricanes Thanks to Dry Air and Atmospheric Lull

Oct 29 2021 // This year’s hurricane season started out as one of the most prolific in the modern era. Then suddenly, in October, the storms stopped. As of Friday, the Atlantic hasn’t produced a single new tropical storm in a...

#19 Western U.S. Wildfires Explode in Size Amid Hot, Windy Conditions

Aug 1 2022 // Wildfires in California and Montana exploded in size overnight amid windy, hot conditions and were quickly encroaching on neighborhoods, forcing evacuation orders for over 100 homes Saturday, while an Idaho blaze was...

#20 Climate Modeling Confirms Historical Records Showing Rise in Hurricane Activity

Dec 6 2021 // New results show North Atlantic hurricanes have increased in frequency over the last 150 years Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office When forecasting how storms may change in the future, it helps to know something about their...