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Disasters Cause Insurance Double Whammy for Pandemic-Hit Businesses

As insurers brace for an expensive natural-disaster season because of storms and wildfires ravaging parts of the United States, the novel coronavirus is giving them an odd financial break. Many companies that were damaged or evacuated because of natural catastrophes …

Forecasters Predict Busy 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — With forecasters predicting another intense Atlantic hurricane season with as many as 13 to 19 named storms, disaster preparedness experts say it’s critically important for people in evacuation zones to plan to stay with friends or …

Warmest Oceans on Record Adds to Hurricanes, Wildfires Risks

The world’s seas are simmering, with record high temperatures spurring worry among forecasters that the global warming effect may generate a chaotic year of extreme weather ahead. Parts of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans all hit the record books …

Extreme Weather Has Gardeners Looking for Resilient Plants

Fiercer and more frequent natural disasters in recent years have many homeowners re-evaluating their landscaping. Many are restocking with trees and plants more resilient in the face of storms, fires and flooding. Scientists link the higher frequency of severe weather …

The Small Riverside Town of Mosby, Missouri, is Disappearing One House at a Time

MOSBY, Mo. — Tammy Kilgore raised the giant claw of a John Deere excavator high in the air, then slammed it down on the roof the house where she had spent nearly her entire adult life. The shingles crunched, but …

Travelers Profit Misses on Higher Reserves for Claims

Insurer Travelers Cos Inc reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit on Tuesday as it bolstered its reserves to cover asbestos-related and other claims, sending its shares down nearly 4% in trading before the bell. The insurer said it set aside an …

Free Interactive Maps Plot Fires and Other Disasters in Real Time

On Wednesday afternoon, the Hillsborough River at Morris Bridge Road north of Tampa, Florida, was flowing at more than 3,020 cubic feet per second. The surface of the river was at 31.48 feet above sea level and dropping after cresting …

Moody’s Links with Four Twenty Seven to Price Climate Risk: Leonid Bershidsky

The acquisition of California-based Four Twenty Seven, Inc., by Moody’s Corporation could signify the beginning of a major shift in how markets price risks related to climate change. Up until now, these risks largely have been absent from investors’ models, …

After a Disaster, Imagery Gives Insurance Companies a Clear Picture: Viewpoint

Some of the most famous planes in the weather world are hurricane hunters, piloted by steely nerved aviators who fly into storms to measure what is imperceptible to people on the ground. Since the first storm-chasing pilot plunged into a …

U.S. Hurricane Season Is Unnecessarily Dangerous

Forecasters are expecting this year’s North Atlantic hurricane season to be roughly average, with about 14 named storms including six full-fledged hurricanes. Last week, the government finally dealt with the fallout from 2018, enacting a $19.1 billion relief package to …