Hurricane Irma News

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 …

U.S. Already Ties Record Year for Costly Weather Disasters

Howling winds, deadly floods, fire and ice so far this year have pushed the U.S. into a tie for weather disasters that topped $1 billion in damages. There have been 15 costly disasters through September, tying 2011 for the most …

After Hurricanes White House Seeks $29B Disaster Aid Package

The Trump administration is finalizing a $29 billion disaster aid package that combines $16 billion to shore up the government-backed flood insurance program with almost $13 billion in new relief for hurricane victims, according to a senior administration official and …

Florida’s Hurricane Irma Debris Could Linger for Months

Officials across the state of Florida say the cleanup of debris left in Hurricane Irma‘s wake could last until the end of hurricane season. In the hard-hit Florida Keys, Monroe County officials say 400 members of the Florida National Guard …

Citizens Estimates $1.23B In Insured Losses from Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma will generate up to 70,000 claims and approximately $1.23 billion of insured losses to Citizens Property Insurance Corporation over the next 18 to 24 months, according to initial estimates presented to Citizens Board of Governors on Wednesday. Chris …

Hurricane Season Isn’t Over Yet as Action Shifts to Sandy’s Cradle

Harvey, Irma and Maria have written new chapters into Atlantic hurricane history this past month, but the story isn’t over. Storms certainly will keep coming as the action now shifts to the western Caribbean Sea – Sandy’s birthplace. Storms Lee …

After Losing Home to Sinkhole Florida Family Looks to Future

Florida family will soon be searching for a new place to gather after their home of nearly five decades was lost to a sinkhole. Elena Hale said cracks began appearing in the wall of her grandparents’ Apopka home Monday night, …

Deaths Spark Governor’s Call for Generators in Florida Nursing Homes

After 11 nursing home residents died in the sweltering heat of hurricane-induced power outages, Florida’s nursing home industry is now on a collision course with Gov. Rick Scott. Days after Hurricane Irma ravaged the state, Scott used his emergency powers …