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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 …

Allstate Ranks Texas’ Top 25 Counties for Hail, Wind and Lightning

Texas storms clobbered more Allstate insured homes in Midland than any other part of the state over the past five years, while Smith county saw the highest frequency of lightning. Allstate tallied the top 25 Texas counties affected by severe …

Wind Drops Tree on Oregon Traffic

Oregon State Police say wind caused a large tree to fall across traffic lanes on a bridge between Oregon City and Gladstone, damaging two vehicles. The Oregonian reports no one was hurt Friday afternoon in the accident on Oregon 99E. …

RMS: Hurricane Isaac Insured Losses between $1 to $2B from Wind and Surge

U.S. insured losses from Hurricane Issac’s wind and surge impacts on the U.S. Gulf Coast will fall between USD$1−2 billion, excluding rainfall driven flood losses and all National Flood Insurance Program losses, estimates catastrophe modeler Risk Management Solutions (RMS). This …

Wind and Hail Impacted Abilene and North Texas the Most in 2011

Allstate Wind and Hail Claims Jump 45% Statewide Last Year Hail and wind impacted more Allstate insured homes in the Abilene area and North Texas than in any other part of the state last year. Allstate tallied the top 25 …

New Mexico Insurance Division Issues Wind Declaration

New Mexico’s Insurance Division has issued a catastrophe declaration for insurers and adjusters after receiving thousands of claims stemming from last week’s damaging winds. New Mexico’s administrative codes say the division can issue a catastrophe declaration when it receives at …

Miss. High Court Considering Wind v. Water Case

A decision is pending from the Mississippi Supreme Court in another wind vs. water case, this one involving a Pascagoula home subjected to 6.3 feet of storm surge. The National Flood Insurance Program paid Jackson County sheriff’s deputy Michael Robichaux …

Wildfire Burns 40 Square Miles in Central Nebraska

Firefighters on Wednesday battled a wind-swept wildfire that has burned more than 40-square miles in central Nebraska, destroying one home and sending one man to the hospital with burns. The fire started Tuesday near the small town of Stapleton, in …

Kansas Storm, Crop Damage Estimates Over $1B Mark

Storm and crop damage estimates in Kansas for 2011 have hit a record $ 1 billion, according to Kansas Department of Insurance (KID). Estimates through August 2011 show $1.095 billion in estimated insured property damage and crop losses for the …

Tropical Storm Katia Slams into Ireland, Britain

Tropical Storm Katia shut down roads, bridges and sporting events Monday in Ireland and Britain, where residents braced for the strongest wind gusts in 15 years. Forecasters in both countries said Monday’s gusts would top 80 mph (125 kph) as …