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Beach Hotels and Their Investors Welcome Insurance After the Storms

Frenchman’s Reef, the largest resort on St. Thomas, was smashed by Hurricane Irma, which breached roofs, caved in walls and felled trees across the oceanfront property. Two years later, the hotel remains closed as its owner quarrels with insurers over …

Researchers Say Climate Change to Blame for Hurricane Maria’s Extreme Rainfall

WASHINGTON — Hurricane Maria dropped more rain on Puerto Rico than any storm to hit the island since 1956, a feat due mostly to the effects of human-caused climate warming, new research finds. A new study analyzing Puerto Rico’s hurricane …

Study Finds Owners of Unprotected Coastal Homes Don’t Intend to Retrofit

New research from the University of Notre Dame shows that many coastal homes have significant structural vulnerabilities that leave homeowners and their homes largely unprotected from storms. Additionally, the majority of coastal homeowners have little to no intention of reducing …

Mexico Beach Town Still Recovering After Hurricane Michael

Saralyn Harder’s short commute to a temporary job in a barbecue food truck at the edge of a Florida town winds through a paradise violently deconstructed. The palm trees, blanched by salt water, have turned brown and yellow. Dirty sand …

South Carolina Increases Hurricane Florence Relief Request to $435M

South Carolina’s congressional delegation will be able to ask for more funds to provide relief following Hurricane Florence, thanks to a move by the state’s governor. In a letter obtained Saturday by The Associated Press, Gov. Henry McMaster told U.S. …

BuildFax: Roof Age Inaccuracy Could Impact Reinsurance Negotiations

BuildFax, a provider of property condition and history insights for the largest insurance and financial institutions, released a report on remodeling trends following Hurricane Irma that could impact this year’s annual catastrophe reinsurance negotiations for Florida carriers. Following more than …

Hurricane Lane Damage to County Infrastructure Estimated at $20M

The damage to Hawaii County facilities from the flooding caused by Hurricane Lane‘s torrential rains totaled about $20 million, an official said. The figure is only for county infrastructure and doesn’t include damage to state infrastructure such as schools and …

South Texas Town, Residents Recovering Nearly a Year After Harvey

Armonie Brown pauses for a second when asked about Hurricane Harvey. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports Brown saw friends and teammates lose their homes and all their belongings, while the school he went to was heavily damaged in the storm …

Startup Plans to Analyze Rising Sea Levels to Aid Florida Homeowners

From the frothy assault of the Atlantic Ocean to the placid trespass of the Lake Worth Lagoon, sea level rise is a mounting concern for South Florida property buyers who are turning to science, and private companies, for guidance. The …

Coastal Texas Town Still Recovering 10 Months After Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey battered Deven Bhakta’s Port Aransas hotel until it was uninhabitable. The Austin American-Statesman reports the Category 4 hurricane’s 130 mph winds blew out windows and stripped parts of the roof off the three-story Holiday Inn Express, while the …