Hurricane Irma News

Many Hurricane Issues for Florida Legislature to Consider

Storms are a major priority on the Florida Legislature’s agenda this year following Hurricane Irma‘s rampage across most of the state. Lawmakers will consider proposals ranging from making evacuations more efficient to helping the devastated citrus industry. The 60-day session …

U.S. Weather Disasters Totaled a Record $306B in 2017

Extreme weather took an extreme toll on the U.S. last year. Losses from weather and climate disasters including hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and wildfires in northern California reached a record $306 billion in 2017, the federal government’s National Centers …

Updates Expected to South Florida Maritime Charts After Irma

When Hurricane Irma rolled across the Florida Keys this fall, it wasn’t just the motels and marinas, Tom Thumbs, stilt houses and shell shacks strung along the island chain that got slammed. A handwritten sign of encouragement to the Florida …

Sweltering Temperatures Recorded at Florida Nursing Home After Irma

Florida regulators say temperatures rose to 99 degrees (37 Celsius) in a sweltering nursing home under investigation for the deaths of 12 residents after Hurricane Irma. A Sun Sentinel report says a new document filed by the Agency for Health …

Lloyd’s Reports $1.7B Paid for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

The Lloyd’s market has paid claims worth $1.7 billion so far in response to hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Earlier this year Lloyd’s estimated a total commitment of $4.8 billion for the three storms. “With total net financial resources of …

Researchers Tally Most Expensive U.S. Hurricane Season Ever

This year’s U.S. Atlantic hurricane season is officially the most expensive ever, racking up $202.6 billion in damages since the formal start on June 1. The costs tallied by disaster modelers Chuck Watson and Mark Johnson surpass anything they’ve seen …

Prepare for the Storm of Construction Claims From the 2017 Hurricane Season

The aftermath of this year’s hurricanes includes massive reconstruction across the impacted areas, which in turn creates an increased possibility for construction defect claims that would affect the liability insurance market. When Hurricane Harvey swept over large portions of Texas, …

NICB: Record Number of Vehicles Damaged by Recent Hurricanes

Flooded vehicles have finally stopped arriving at the Royal Purple Raceway east of Houston. Some 23,000 now await processing and retitling to be auctioned off for parts or to be scrapped. That is just one of several insurance industry salvage …

Death Toll Climbs to 14 for Florida Nursing Home That Lost AC in Irma

Two women who lived at a Florida nursing home that lost air conditioning during Hurricane Irma have died, bringing to 14 the number of fatalities linked to the home. Cecilia Franco, 90, and Francesca Andrade, 95, died from ailments suffered …

After Hurricanes, Focus Turns to Assessing the Effectiveness of Building Code Adoption

As residents and businesses continue to recover after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, focus is beginning to turn to mitigation. In Florida, where experts say better buildings codes resulted from Hurricane Andrew 25 years ago, analysis will include how improved codes …