September 21st, 2017

Catastrophe Events Occurring In North America Recently

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Here we review GC Capital Ideas posts on the three most recent catastrophe events occurring in North America within a period of 16 days.

Hurricane Irma: Hurricane Irma was a large and destructive storm that rendered impacts to most of the Southeast United States including the Florida Keys as well as areas of the Caribbean. Impacts for areas of the Northern Leeward Islands and the Virgin Islands, as well as northern Cuba have been especially severe. For the United States, the most severe impacts have been in the Florida Keys due to both wind and storm surge, with flood impacts as far away as coastal Georgia and northeast Florida. Wind impacts extend from Tennessee to the Carolinas to Florida. At least 67 fatalities have been reported.

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8.1 Mw Earthquake Near Pijijiapan, Mexico: A magnitude (Mw) 8.1 earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean southwest of Pijijiapan, Mexico, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The quake occurred at 11:49 p.m. local time (04:49 UTC).

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Hurricane Harvey: Following initial landfall, Hurricane Harvey continued to meander over southeast Texas while weakening to tropical storm status due to land interaction. Harvey then briefly emerged over the Gulf of Mexico before turning to the northeast and making a third landfall near Cameron, Louisiana, early Wednesday morning as a tropical storm. Harvey has since continued to move to the north-northeast and weakened further due to land interaction and dry air. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) downgraded Harvey from tropical storm to tropical depression status at 8 p.m. EDT on August 30, and discontinued tropical storm warnings at that time.

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