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Florida Consumers ‘Flabbergasted’ as Property Insurers Push for Double-Digit Rate Hikes

Florida property insurers are jacking up rates by double-digit percentages, blaming the hikes on lingering damage from past hurricanes, a wave of litigation, and a law that encourages lawyers to sue by allowing courts to award them big fees. The …

Lawmakers: Insurance Disputes Slow Louisiana Storm Recovery

BATON ROUGE, La. — Southwest Louisiana lawmakers Wednesday criticized the insurance industry’s handling of claims from Hurricanes Laura and Delta, describing slow responses, low-balled damage estimates and drones used to assess destruction instead of people. “We’re almost four months ago …

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 …