Posts Tagged ‘United States’



October 17th, 2017

California Wildfires – October 8-17, 2017 - Update

Posted at 6:52 PM ET

calif-wildfires-10-8-17-smWildfire activity has rendered especially severe impacts to certain areas of California since October 8, including areas of Napa, Sonoma and Solano Counties. Wildfire activity has also rendered impacts to areas of Orange County east of the Los Angeles Metro area. Rates of extreme fire spread were enabled by especially dry conditions together with offshore gusty winds to burn a total of at least 217,566 acres since October 8. Media reports indicate at least 41 fatalities, making this the deadliest series of fires in California history. At least 5,700 structures have been destroyed and thousands more remain under threat. Containment efforts have made significant progress in the last week, thanks to efforts of at least 10,000 firefighters and reduced winds. Cooler conditions with an increase in moisture are expected this week with a chance for some precipitation over Northern California, according to the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS); this should support containment efforts. It will take some time to fully ascertain the full scope and severity of this event, and our first thoughts and concerns are with those lost and directly affected.

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October 16th, 2017

Flood Insurance: The 2018 Market Opportunity - GC@PCI Commentary

Posted at 8:30 AM ET

hayes_j_bio-sm1kulik-john-sm3Jonathan Hayes, Managing Director and John Kulik, Senior Vice President

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  • The U.S. insurance industry is actively seeking new opportunities for growth in a challenging market by identifying untapped customer needs. The potential flood market is over five times the size of the most often mentioned new market, cyber insurance
  • Greater access to flood data and loss results and more reliable exposure modeling are enhancing the flood (re)insurance marketplace
  • Several developments are helping carriers understand and monitor aggregation

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October 10th, 2017

California Wildfires – October 8-10, 2017

Posted at 5:19 PM ET

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Wildfire activity has recently rendered severe impacts to areas of California, including the Napa Valley area as well as areas east of the Los Angeles Metro area. The event is still developing, but media reports indicate more than a thousand structures burned with thousands more still under threat. At least 13 fatalities have been reported. Rates of extreme fire spread have been enabled by especially dry conditions together with offshore gusty winds.

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October 10th, 2017

Hurricane Nate

Posted at 5:04 PM ET

hurricane-nate-smHurricane Nate made landfall on October 7 near the mouth of the Mississippi river and then near Biloxi, Mississippi as a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. Maximum sustained winds at landfall were 85 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Nate is the fourth hurricane to make U.S. landfall in the past two months and the first hurricane to make landfall in Mississippi since Hurricane Katrina (2005).

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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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August 25th, 2017

Hurricane Harvey

Posted at 1:48 PM ET

hurricane-harvey-smHurricane Harvey poses an active threat to the Texas coast as a major hurricane. According to the 3 p.m. EDT National Hurricane Center (NHC) position advisory, Hurricane Harvey carries maximum sustained winds of 120 mph, a Category-3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. Harvey is located about 75 miles southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, and is approaching the coast on a northwesterly track at 10 MPH. The central pressure has dropped to 943 millibars (mb), and this likely will bring further increase in winds prior to landfall. Harvey is expected to make landfall on the Texas coast late Friday into early Saturday as a major hurricane. Tropical storm conditions are already well underway for certain areas of the Texas coast according to the NHC. Following landfall, Harvey is expected by the NHC to weaken and meander eastward along the Texas coast next week.

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July 17th, 2017

Guy Carpenter Appoints Tom Hettinger to Lead Advisory Capabilities in United States and Canada

Posted at 7:29 AM ET

Guy Carpenter & Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Hettinger to lead its capital, structured risk, growth and rating agency advisory capabilities in the United States and Canada.

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June 12th, 2017

GC Capital Ideas CAT-i Stories: For First Half, 2017

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Here is a look back at the CAT-i stories covering January through mid-June of 2017.

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May 4th, 2017

Midwestern United States Flood/SCS Event, April 28 – May 4

Posted at 2:36 PM ET

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A significant severe thunderstorm outbreak with heavy rainfall has affected areas from the Southern Plains to the Great Lakes and Northeast, with historic flooding in parts of the Central Mississippi Valley. Significant rainfall amounts of over ten inches occurred over saturated soils of the Central Mississippi Valley and surrounding watersheds. The rainfall produced historic flooding on some rivers, and the Mississippi River itself is expected to approach record flood stage at Cape Girardeau over the coming days. Flood impacts have been locally severe and include reports of property damage, numerous road closures, evacuations and water rescues. A levee breach has forced evacuations near Pocahontas, Arkansas.

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