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As Recovery Begins, Industry Tallies Irma’s Mounting Costs

With two Florida landfalls in the same day, Hurricane Irma‘s destructive wind and flood damage could cost up to $65 billion for both insured and uninsured losses, according to a recent estimate by CoreLogic. Residential property flood loss is estimated …

Southwest Florida Residents Clear Flooded Homes in Scorching Heat

Dealing with wrecked belongings and reports of toxic muck, residents of a tiny town where Florida’s Everglades meet the Gulf of Mexico cleared their homes Monday in scorching 92 F (33 C) heat with no air conditioning and no electricity …

Commentary: Florida Homeowners’ Insurers Will Pass the Hurricane Irma Test

Florida homeowners’ insurers are poised to thrive following Hurricane Irma. For years, critics have disparaged Florida’s unique homeowners’ insurance industry. These innovative and entrepreneurial insurers are about to prove critics wrong. The $100B Detour It should first be acknowledged that …

Commentary: Tesla Boosted Range Prior to Irma, Raises Connected Car Questions

Last week, as millions of Floridians evacuated ahead of Hurricane Irma‘s landfall, Tesla owners received some unexpected help: added vehicle range. That boost – done over the air via the cars’ dedicated communications systems, and without the owners needing to …

Irma Spawned Unusual Storm Surges on Both Florida Coasts

Hurricane Irma’s devastating storm surge came with weird twists that scientists attribute to the storm’s girth, path and some geographic quirks. A combination of storm surge, heavy rains and swollen rivers sent some of the worst flooding into Jacksonville, Florida, …

Industry Offers Donations, Free Tools to Victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma

Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Harvey caused massive flooding in Texas and a week after Irma began taking aim at Florida, insurers and vendors are offering aid to hurricane victims in various ways. Recent reports estimate flood damage resulting from …

FEMA Estimates 25% of Florida Keys Homes Destroyed by Irma

Search-and-rescue teams made their way into the Florida Keys’ farthest reaches Tuesday, while crews labored to repair the single washed-out highway connecting the islands and rush aid to Hurricane Irma‘s victims. Federal officials estimated one-quarter of all homes in the …

Florida Watches for AOB Abuse as Irma Recovery Begins

As Florida residents return home after being evacuated by Hurricane Irma, the pressure is on the insurance industry to keep a bad situation regarding assignment of benefits abuse in the state from getting worse. Florida regulators, carriers, industry trade groups …

Florida Works to Assess Irma’s Scope of Destruction

Aid rushed in to hurricane-scarred Florida early Tuesday, residents began to dig out, and officials slowly pieced together the scope of Irma’s vicious path of destruction across the peninsula. Even as glimmers of hope emerged from parts of the state …

NTSB Says Tesla Automation Contributed to 2016 Fatal Florida Crash

Tesla Inc.’s design of its Autopilot system contributed to a 2016 fatal crash in Florida, federal accident investigators concluded as they recommended all automakers prevent autonomous driving systems from being used on roads for which they are not designed. The …

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