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Source: The Dallas Morning News
long with the downed tree limbs, power outages, iced-over roadways and crumpled cars, last week’s sleet-and-ice storm left behind significant costs for government agencies and residential insurance companies.
Mark Hanna, spokesman for the Insurance Council of Texas, said the North Texas ice storm caused tens of millions of dollars in residential damage alone.
“Claims are still coming in, but throwing out a number that is going to rise, we’re at about $30 million in insured residential losses,” Hanna said Thursday. “That’s carports falling down, trees on houses, broken water pipes.
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Source: BBC News
More communities in the Canadian province of Alberta have been placed on flood alert as high water levels move downstream from the city of Calgary.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Insurance claims filed in response to several May tornadoes jumped to 60,308 Tuesday, with insurance payments reaching $470,323,299.
“These numbers are already staggering, and this is just the beginning,” said Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak. “Many of the victims haven’t received their entire settlement checks yet, so that payment number will continue to go up for a while. This is something the state of Oklahoma is going to be dealing with for a long time. Those affected by the storms need to know that we’re here to help, for as long as it takes.”
Missouri governor declares state of emergency
Source: FEMA Situation Report
Situation 5/28 Update
May 20: EF-5 tornado struck city of Moore (pop. 56k; Cleveland Co.)
POTUS site visit occurred May 26, 2013
Preliminary damage assessment based on aerial data:
Major damage: 452
Minor damage: 640
Several more days until official damage counts complete/released
24 confirmed fatalities and 387 injuries
Power restored to all customers able to receive power
No unmet needs reported
Source:Texas Public Radio - tpr.org
Storms rolled through San Antonio Saturday and dumped nearly 10 inches of rain, sparking house fires, flooding roads throughout the city, and stranding people in their vehicles and at parks.
San Antonio firefighters responded to nearly 250 water-related incidents. In one case, Chief Charles Hood said his crews were in the middle of rescuing a 60 year old woman when the strong currents grabbed her away from them.
Updated 5/21 - News Source: NBC News Photo Source: Getty Images
A monster tornado packing winds as strong as 200 mph roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, pulverizing block after block of homes, wrecking an elementary school and leaving fires burning out of control.
Crews were frantically searching an estimated 30 square miles of wreckage and only beginning to get a sense of the destruction as night fell. Initial reports from NBC affiliate KFOR said at least four people were killed in the suburb of Moore, including a mother and child, and hospitals reported several dozen injured.
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Multiple tornadoes swept through north Texas on Wednesday, damaging dozens of homes and claiming several lives, NBC Dallas Fort-Worth reported.
At least six people were killed after a twister touched down southeast of Granbury, Texas, a suburb of Fort Worth, Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds announced in a midnight press conference. Up to 100 more were injured, some critically, The Associated Press reported.
From the State Farm Press Release:
Weather Conditions Put Kentucky in the Top Ten
Murfreesboro, TN (April 22, 2013)
Wind and hail storms remain some of the most frequent and severe causes of property damage. This year the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety Research Center conducted the first-ever indoor hailstorm, in an effort to research building products and ways to educate consumers.
Source: Insurance Council of Texas
Texas insurers are mobilizing to assist policyholders in the area of West where a fertilizer plant exploded yesterday causing extensive damage to the Central Texas community.
Source: KHOU.com staff
"HOUSTON -- Severe weather made its way into southeast Texas overnight Tuesday, dropping baseball-sized hail in Galveston County.
In Hitchcock and Santa Fe, hail pounded cars and windows, causing damage at a police station and a mobile home community. Residents told KHOU 11 News some neighbors went out in the rain to try and cover their damaged roofs."
Sisters suing State Farm under whistle-blower law
Quote below from the article on sunherald.com
"GULFPORT -- Structural engineer Ralph Sinno, an expert on wind damage to buildings, testified in federal court Thursday that Hurricane Katrina's winds destroyed a North Biloxi home.
Sinno, a retired Mississippi State University professor, said State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. overlooked wind damage that would have been obvious to a sophomore engineering student.
Wind, he said, lifted up and twisted the house, as evidenced by a 45-degree crack in exterior brick that separated from the house."
Brookshire, Texas -
Residents in Brookshire were woken up in the middle of the night because quarter-sized hail was falling.
The nearly 10-minute hail storm moved through about 2:15 a.m. on Wednesday, the first day of spring.
Thousands of pieces of hail littered the Meadowood Apartments in the 6000 block of Meadowood Lane. Residents there found damage to their homes and vehicles. Every north-facing window in the complex was hit by the hail.
- 32 in AL
- 5 in AR
- 23 in GA
- 5 in LA
- 53 in MS
- 3 SC
- 1 in TN
Trenton, NJ - Continuing the Administration's commitment to assist New Jersey residents in swiftly resolving their Sandy-related insurance claims, Governor Chris Christie and New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance (DOBI) Commissioner Ken Kobylowski announced the release of a Request for a Qualification (RFQ) to establish a new mediation process that gives consumers the option to settle disputed cases without resorting to costly and time consuming lawsuits.
"This process is needed to help alleviate the hardship being experienced by residents whose property was damaged or destroyed by Sandy," said Governor Christie. "As of February 15, the percentage of claims closed is now 87% overall and 91% for homeowners. This mediation...
2-25 Texas Storm
February 26, 2013
A storm system moved through Austin and San Antonio, Texas producing strong winds on the evening of February 25, 2012. These conditions resulted to damage to homes and other property.
Catastrophe adjusters have been deployed to the area to assist with claims and we will continue to monitor the situation closely.
From the Associated Press
"More than 270,000 claims have been paid by 24 insurers since Hurricane Sandy damaged and flooded Staten Island and other parts of New York City as well as Long Island and its suburbs last fall, New New York officials report."
"The average time from claims report to inspection ranged from three days for Arch Insurance Group, with 242 commercial claims, to 20 days for State Farm with 55,592 claims, noting its wide array of claims, complexity and damage severity."
New York State has told its financial watchdog to investigate three insurance companies ...
(Reuters) - New York State has told its financial watchdog to investigate three insurance companies for dragging their heels when it comes to processing claims for damage caused by Superstorm Sandy that slammed the region last October.
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement that consumer complaints against Narragansett Bay Insurance Company, Tower Insurance Company and Kingstone Insurance Company received by the state's Department of Financial Services have been "much higher than average."
In preparing for the anticipated destruction from tropical-storm Sandy as it blew through Connecticut in late October, State Farm Insurance asked state regulators to approve more than 450 emergency licenses for claims adjusters it planned to bring in from out of state.
State Farm was not the only insurer to bring in an army of adjusters to help with the high volume of claims in the aftermath of Sandy -- according to the state Department of Insurance, more than 6,000 emergency adjuster licenses were approved for more than 90 insurance companies.
From the Boston.com article;
Last week’s snowstorm may be one for the record books in terms of snowfall, but probably not in storm damage, insurers said.
Insurance companies, which were bracing for a flood of damage claims this week, said so far they have seen only a trickle compared with what followed Hurricane Sandy in October, Hurricane Irene in the summer of 2011, and the unusually early snowstorm in October 2011.
From the Long Island NewsDay.com Article:
"They came to Long Island by the hundreds, arriving from across America in motor homes, pickup trucks and customized sport utility vehicles to calculate the toll of superstorm Sandy.
They are catastrophe adjusters: men and women who migrate from disaster to disaster, sleeping in cars, motels and campgrounds as they estimate claims for insurance companies. They work East Coast hurricanes in fall, New England ice storms in winter and Midwest tornadoes and hailstorms come spring. In between, they watch the Weather Channel."