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Wildfires Destroy 2 California Wineries, Heavily Damage Others

Workers in Northern California’s renowned wine country picked through charred debris and weighed what to do with pricey grapes after wildfires swept through lush vineyards and destroyed at least two wineries and damaged many others. The wind-driven wildfires erupted as …

Alaska North Slope Storm Causes Estimated $10M in Damage

Damages from a recent storm in Alaska’s North Slope could end up costing the regional government more than $10 million, and a damaged road in the nation’s northernmost town could keep whalers from an important subsistence area. North Slope Borough …

Wine Country Wildfires Torch California Homes

Firefighters are currently battling 15 expanding wind-whipped fires across Northern California’s wine country, triggering a rush by residents to flee the area. The wildfires in nine counties have already burned over 73,000 acres in the past 12 hours, according to …

Insurance Rates Not Likely to Rise in Utah City After Wildfire

Insurance rates aren’t expected to go up in an Ogden, Utah, neighborhood where a wildfire destroyed three homes and caused the evacuations of hundreds. But authorities are warning the residents to be on high alert for landslides because the land …

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, …

Southwest Florida Residents Clear Flooded Homes in Scorching Heat

Dealing with wrecked belongings and reports of toxic muck, residents of a tiny town where Florida’s Everglades meet the Gulf of Mexico cleared their homes Monday in scorching 92 F (33 C) heat with no air conditioning and no electricity …

East Coast Could Feel Effects of Hurricane Jose Next Week

Hurricane Jose may threaten New York City and other areas of the East Coast by next week, according to a National Hurricane Center advisory. The storm, about 640 miles (1,029 kilometers) southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, strengthened into a …

Florida Watches for AOB Abuse as Irma Recovery Begins

As Florida residents return home after being evacuated by Hurricane Irma, the pressure is on the insurance industry to keep a bad situation regarding assignment of benefits abuse in the state from getting worse. Florida regulators, carriers, industry trade groups …

Chubb: Homeowners Tend to Overlook Fixing Water Leaks

The majority of homeowners do not view internal water leak damage as the most concerning home threat, despite the fact that water leaks are a more frequent risk than fire and theft, a new Chubb survey revealed. “The time between …

Defense Lawyer Questions Charges in Massive Utah Wildfire

A defense attorney questioned misdemeanor charges against a man accused of accidentally sparking a massive Utah wildfire that destroyed 13 homes and cost some $40 million to fight. Attorney Andrew Deiss said after a Tuesday court hearing that part of …