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Illinois Town Residents Seek Normalcy After Gas Blast

The fiery house explosion that rocked a quiet Marengo, Ill., neighborhood one year ago still haunts residents who live nearby. Most damaged houses have been repaired or rebuilt. Many displaced residents have moved back in and carried on with whatever …

U.S. Agencies Aim to Ramp up Earth’s Protection From Asteroids, Comets

The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to protect the planet from incoming asteroids that could wipe out entire regions or even continents. The National Science and Technology Council released a report Wednesday calling for improved asteroid detection, tracking and …

Travelers Lists Top 5 Wedding Insurance Claims

Almost one quarter (23 percent) of Travelers Companies wedding insurance claims in 2017 were due to severe weather that forced the event to be canceled or postponed. This was the highest percentage of weather-related claims the insurer has seen since …

Giant Hail Hits Dallas Area, Causes Millions in Damages

Baseball-sized hailstones smashed windshields, skylights and windows as thunderstorms swept through the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas, causing millions of damage. The National Weather Service Office in Fort Worth said the storm developed rapidly over Denton and northwest Collin County …

Research Says Hawaii Volcano Oozed Hot Lava for Decades

Hawaii’s Kilauea is not your typical blow-the-top-off kind of volcano. It’s been simmering and bubbling for about 35 years, sending superhot hot lava spewing up through cracks in the ground. This month’s eruptions are more of the same, except the …

The Cosmetic Damage Exclusion: Time for a Change

Climate change and the resulting weather-related events have increased costs in the property insurance industry. Whether climate change is caused by human activity or is the result of an evolving planet is debatable to some, but the increasing severity of …

Historic Homes in Houston Decimated by Harvey Floods

On a recent Friday morning Sam Scott walked through his Texas house for the last time. The Houston Chronicle reports he grabbed a dust mask from his car and entered through the open garage. The door had buckled during Hurricane …

Central U.S. Severe Weather Kills Two, Causes Extensive Property Damage

At least two people are dead as a strong storm system that included possible tornadoes roared eastward through the central United States, leaving demolished homes, damaged vehicles and uprooted trees in its wake. A man in northeast Arkansas and a …

Federal Report Reveals Extent of Hurricane Harvey

The official numbers for last year’s Hurricane Harvey are in, and they go beyond the 68 dead and $125 billion in damage. Two locations in southeast Texas got more than 5 feet of rain and 18 different parts of Texas …

Rain Gutters Blamed for Many Home Drainage Problems

The person who coined the phrase “saving for a rainy day” must have been a property owner with home drainage problems. The financial costs of poor drainage can be substantial, and the human health costs significant too. Prevention is important, …