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Hurricane Kay Threatens Baja California Coast; Hurricane Earl Forms in the Atlantic

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hurricane Kay lashed Mexico’s Pacific coast with rain Tuesday as it moved northward toward the Baja California Peninsula. Kay’s maximum sustained winds rose to 85 mph (140 kph), with forecasters saying it could brush the peninsula …

Florida Utility’s New Drone Can Speed Hurricane Recovery

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s primary energy provider is ready to launch a powerful new technology, just ahead of the busiest weeks of the Atlantic hurricane season: a new fixed-wing drone designed fly into tropical storm force winds …

Report: 72% of Gulf Coast Homes Have Easily Damaged Asphalt Shingle Roofs

Arturo released its inaugural report “Hurricane Exposure: The State of Gulf Homes” that analyzes more than 17 million homes across the South Central and Southeast United States ahead of a forecasted above-average hurricane season. The report finds 71.9 percent of …

Florida Bills Limit Roof Refusal by Insurers, Add New Fund

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Legislation proposed by Florida lawmakers for an upcoming special session to reform the state’s property insurance market would create a $2 billion reinsurance fund and prohibit insurers from automatically denying coverage to homeowners’ with older roofs. …

‘Cat 6’ Hurricane Simulator With 200 mph Winds

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — The Category 6 hurricane’s howling winds accelerate to a startling 200 mph in Miami, mercilessly pummeling a two-story wood-frame house until the roof tears off and the rattling windows explode. And a towering 20-foot storm surge …

RMS: Secondary Perils Responsible for Growing Share of Disaster Claims

Not only did natural catastrophes in 2021 break insurance claims records, but they also highlighted the growing cost of non-modeled characteristics of disasters, which are altering the industry’s understanding of these risks, according to a report published by RMS. “Secondary …

As Charleston Seawall Looms, Some Seek More Natural Methods

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP)–A plan to build a $1.1 billion seawall around much of downtown Charleston is leaning toward relying on concrete structures, although many would like to see the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers include less intrusive solutions such as …

Flood Insurance Costs Rise in Areas Once Deemed Lower Risk

WASHINGTON (AP) –In the past year, the southwestern Louisiana city of Lake Charles weathered two hurricanes, intense rainfall that sent water gushing down streets and a deep freeze that burst pipes. Yet Tommy Eastman may eventually drop coverage on his …

PCS: Florida, Louisiana Stand Out as ‘Covicane’ Risks

A major hurricane that makes landfall in the southeastern United States will may also serve as a COVID-19 super-spreader that will slow recovery and increase costs, catastrophe modeler Property Claims Services said Thursday. A combination of fast-rising case numbers, low …

Watch Out Los Angeles: Feds Calculate Riskiest, Safest Places In U.S.

Spending her life in Los Angeles, Morgan Andersen knows natural disasters all too well. In college, an earthquake shook her home hard. Her grandfather was affected by recent wildfires in neighboring Orange County. “It’s just that constant reminder, `Oh yeah, …