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Devastating Hurricanes Spur Attention on Disaster Preparation

Hurricane Michael’s devastation could spur policymakers to better prepare vulnerable communities for the effects of climate change. The images of entire towns in Florida’s panhandle all but erased by storm surges, as well as accounts of bodies pulled from shattered …

Michael Highlights Florida Panhandle’s Weak Building Codes

Unlike in South Florida, homes in the state’s Panhandle did not have tighter building codes until just 11 years ago; it was once argued that acres of forests would provide the region with a natural barrier against the savage winds …

Analysts: Florida Insurers Can Weather Effects of Michael

Florida’s disjointed property insurance system that relies almost exclusively on small and midsize companies will take a multibillion dollar loss from Hurricane Michael, but has sufficient reserves and backups that providers should be able to pay claims without problems, analysts …

Hurricane Michael’s Cost: $25B With up to $8B in Insured Losses

Hurricane Michael will probably end up causing at least $25 billion in economic losses. About $3 billion of that will fall on the federal flood insurance program and private insurers may get hit with $9 billion to $10 billion in …

How Michael Grew Into a 155 MPH Category 4 Hurricane

Moist air, warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico, and ideal wind patterns supercharged Hurricane Michael in the hours before it smacked Florida’s Panhandle. Hurricane Michael was barely a hurricane Tuesday morning, with winds of 90 mph. A little over …

Storm-Weary Carolinas Worry Michael May Impact Rebuilding

In the storm-weary Carolinas, Hurricane Michael is stoking fresh fears among homeowners who still have tarps on their roofs or industrial dehumidifiers drying their floors from destruction left by Hurricane Florence. Thousands of homes in North and South Carolina were …

Michael Strengthens to a Category 4 Hurricane

Hurricane Michael, with winds strengthening to 145 miles an hour, is poised to be the strongest storm to hit the continental U.S. since 2004, with a life-threatening surge and the potential to cause $16 billion in damage. Michael is about …

S.C. Coastal County’s New Flood Map May Already be Outdated

A South Carolina county is getting new flood maps for the first time in 14 years, but it’s possible they’re already out of date. The Post and Courier reports Charleston County’s new flood maps won’t include data from floods of …

Florida Governor Warns of Winds up to 100 MPH

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Sunday warned that a tropical storm headed for the Florida Panhandle could become a Category 2 hurricane with winds up to 100 miles per hour by the time it makes landfall in the middle of …

How Data & Analytics Are Helping Insurers With Flood-Damaged Vehicles After Florence

Initial estimates of the damage caused by Hurricane Florence are expected to total approximately $20 billion, as residents of the Carolinas and Virginia are faced with cleanup and recovery. The Carolinas experienced historic flood levels, according to Moody’s Analytics. Mark …

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