Hurricane Irma News

NICB Issues Warning on Fraud Related to Flood-Damaged Cars

A young man who bought a pickup truck in Houston is now warning buyers to follow the advice of the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) before closing a deal on a used vehicle. Kenton Basinger shelled out $14,000 for a …

National Hurricane Center Updates Irma Death Toll in US, Caribbean

The death toll from Hurricane Irma‘s catastrophic rampage across the Caribbean and the southeastern U.S. has risen to 44 fatalities directly caused by its strong winds and heavy rains, plus 85 fatalities indirectly linked to the storm, according to a …

FEMA to End Hotel Room Shelters for Florida Irma Victims

Federal disaster officials are ending a program that paid for hotel rooms for more than 27,000 Florida households in the wake of Hurricane Irma. FEMA officials announced Tuesday that the short-term emergency sheltering program will end March 10, six months …

CoreLogic: Wildfires, Floods Dominated Natural Hazards in 2017

Last year’s weather hazards reflected a mostly average season, with the exception of wildfires in California and flooding as a result of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, according to CoreLogic’s annual Natural Hazard Risk Summary and Analysis released last week. The …

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 …