Posts Tagged ‘Florida’



December 26th, 2018

GC Capital Ideas: CAT-i Stories: Fourth Quarter 2018

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Here is a look back at the CAT-i articles from October 1 through December.

Mw 7.0 Earthquake – Near Anchorage, Alaska: The magnitude (Mw) 7.0 earthquake near Anchorage, Alaska, on November 30 occurred at a depth of 44.1 km as the result of a slip on an intraslab fault within the subducting Pacific slab. According to the United States Geological Survey, the faulting involved a moderately dipping fault striking north-south, below the shallower thrust-faulting interface between the Pacific Plate and the North America Plate. A tsunami warning was issued but later lifted by the U.S. National Weather Service. Damage was reported to buildings, including interior damage and some cracked foundations with some building collapses.

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California Wildfire Activity: November Wildfire activity in California rendered especially severe impacts in Northern and Southern California, including areas of Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.  Rates of extreme fire spread were enabled by especially dry, windy conditions on November 8 and the days following. Aggressive firefighting efforts allowed containment efforts to progress despite adverse conditions. Camp, Woolsey and Hill Fires burned an estimated 20,297 structures since November 8, including at least 13,972 residential structures from the Camp Fire alone, according to Cal Fire statistics (as reported in the CAT-i on November 29). These fires have also claimed at least 91 lives. Media reports indicate estimated insured losses for the Camp and Woolsey Fires of around USD 9-13 billion as reported by RMS.

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Hurricane Michael: Hurricane Michael, the strongest hurricane to affect the Continental U.S. since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, made landfall on October 10 as a high-end Category-4 hurricane on the Florida Panhandle, with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph. The storm rendered severe to complete damage to areas from Panama City to Port Saint Joe, with especially severe damage in Mexico Beach due to severe wind and storm surge. Wind caused roof and wall collapse, especially for cinderblock construction and even commercial properties. Some coastal areas of Mexico Beach were scoured to the foundation by storm surge and wave battering. At least 12 fatalities were reported by media by the time the CAT-i was released.

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Super Typhoon Trami: In the West-Pacific Basin, Typhoon Trami made landfall in the city of Tanabe, Japan (Wakayama prefecture) on 30 September, according to media reports. Before reaching Honshu, the typhoon had rendered considerable impacts while making close approach to Okinawa, Kyūshū and Shikoku Islands. Trami brought significant flood impacts as a result of heavy rainfall and storm surge, as well as variable property damage due to wind. Significant power outages and transportation disruption were reported by media. Over 4.3 million people were given evacuation orders or advisories. Media reports indicated at least four fatalities and 120 injured.

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October 13th, 2018

Hurricane Michael

Posted at 11:11 AM ET

michael_smallHurricane Michael made landfall on October 10 as a high-end Category-4 hurricane on the Florida Panhandle, with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph. The storm rendered severe to complete damage to areas from Panama City to Port Saint Joe, with especially severe damage in Mexico Beach due to severe wind and storm surge. Damage due to wind has caused roof and wall collapse, especially for cinderblock construction and even commercial properties. Some coastal areas of Mexico Beach have been scoured to the foundation by storm surge and wave battering. At least twelve fatalities have been reported by media, although this number could rise as damage survey and search and rescue efforts continue. Our thoughts and concerns are with those lost and directly affected by this event. Hurricane Michael is the strongest hurricane to affect the Continental U.S. since Hurricane Andrew (1992).

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October 5th, 2017

GC Capital Ideas CAT-i Stories: Third Quarter, 2017

Posted at 4:00 AM ET

Here is a look back at the CAT-i stories covering July through September of 2017.

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September 14th, 2017

Hurricane Irma - Update

Posted at 7:58 AM ET

hurricane-irma-9-13-smHurricane 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. It will take time to fully assess the full scope and severity of this ongoing event, and our first thoughts and concerns are with those directly affected.

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September 11th, 2017

Hurricane Irma

Posted at 2:41 PM ET

hurricane-irma-smHurricane Irma affected areas of the Caribbean and northern Cuba as a Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale, while also passing near Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Impacts in areas of the northern Leeward Islands and northern Cuba have been especially severe. While affecting northern Cuba, Irma weakened to a Category 3 hurricane before turning north towards the Florida Keys.

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September 7th, 2017

Excess Capacity in This Year’s Florida Market: Part II: Lara Mowery

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

mowery_lara_bio6In an interview Guy Carpenter’s Lara Mowery, Managing Director, discussed the drivers of the continuing rate reductions in Florida and what it means for the rest of the market. Here she discussed the role of excess capacity at the June 1 renewals.

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September 6th, 2017

Excess Capacity in This Year’s Florida Market: Part I; The Role of ILS: Lara Mowery

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mowery_lara_bio1The Florida peninsula is the most important market for property reinsurance in the world. Each summer, the third most populous state in the union braces itself for another Atlantic hurricane season. In Florida’s esoteric insurance market, insurers buy reinsurance protection at the beginning of June each year.

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July 19th, 2017

Excess Capacity in This Year’s Florida Market: Part V; Assignment of Benefits Crisis: Lara Mowery

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mowery_lara_bio5In an interview Guy Carpenter’s Lara Mowery, Managing Director, discussed the drivers of the continuing rate reductions in Florida and what it means for the rest of the market. Here she discussed the assignment of benefits crisis in Florida on this year’s June 1 renewals.

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July 18th, 2017

Excess Capacity in This Year’s Florida Market: Part IV; Hurricane Matthew: Lara Mowery

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

mowery_lara_bio4In an interview Guy Carpenter’s Lara Mowery, Managing Director, discussed the drivers of the continuing rate reductions in Florida and what it means for the rest of the market. Here she discussed Hurricane Matthew’s impact on this year’s June 1 renewals.

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