Hurricane Matthew News

Hurricane Victims Frustrated with Slow Housing Recovery

SPRING LAKE, N.C. — The heating and air conditioning in Carrie Johnson’s home — damaged by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 — still wasn’t fixed when Hurricane Florence flooded her house last September. Now, her home of over 50 years is …

Florence Damage to North Carolina Schools Could Exceed Matthew’s

North Carolina’s public school officials expect damage from Hurricane Florence to well exceed school losses after Hurricane Matthew two years ago, a Department of Public Instruction official told the state’s board of education Wednesday. After receiving a record number of …

Florida Officials Worry About Drug Overdoses at Hurricane Shelters

Local officials are raising concerns about drug use at hurricane shelters, saying they aren’t equipped to care for addicts, unaccompanied minors and others with other medical needs. Nearly 16,000 people in nine counties from Indian River to Miami-Dade evacuated to …

South Carolina County Reports 18K Claims Filed After Hurricane Matthew

Insurance companies have closed 87 percent of the 18,193 insurance claims filed in Beaufort County in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, resulting in a payout of more than $159.3 million. News outlets report that South Carolina Department of Insurance Director …

Hurricane Matthew Flood Victims Still Recovering 6 Months Later

In the months since Hurricane Matthew, Dawn Sawyer has watched her 9-year-old, Sam, bite his nails down to “nubs.” She’s never seen him do that before. As Sam remembers it, he slept right through the storm. He knows the water …

Analysts Skeptical of Zurich Insurance Cost-Cutting, Future Growth

Zurich Insurance Group AG fell in Zurich trading after posting a quarterly profit supported by one-time gains as Chief Executive Officer Mario Greco presses ahead with an overhaul of Switzerland’s largest insurer. Net income for the three months through December …

Floods, Damaging Winds Most Destructive Natural Hazards in 2016

Last year’s natural hazards were reportedly below average or average with the exception of flood and wind, both of which saw above-average activity, due in large part to Hurricane Matthew, according to CoreLogic’s annual Natural Hazard Risk Summary and Analysis. …

CoreLogic Clocks Top 2016 Wind Speed at 101 MPH

The Kennedy Space Center in Fla., recorded the highest estimated wind speed in 2016 at 101 mph on October 6 during Hurricane Matthew, according CoreLogic’s Windy City Index, an annual analysis of top wind-related natural hazard events. The hurricane, the …

Inland Flooding Leads List of Climate Disasters That Cost $46B in 2016

Climate-based disasters caused $46 billion in damage and killed at least 138 in the 48 contiguous U.S. states last year, with inland flooding emerging as the costliest weather event for the first time since 1997. The number of billion-dollar occurrences …

South Carolina Hasn’t Issued Charges for Price Gouging During Hurricane Matthew

A newspaper analysis shows the South Carolina attorney general has initiated no prosecutions involving about 400 complaints of price gouging by businesses during Hurricane Matthew. Records obtained by The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette show the office of Republican …