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2012-12-05 05:03:17

The take away message from the 2012 hurricane season is homeowners and renters should take into account their risks and consider the purchase of flood insurance, says the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI). CHICAGO (PRWEB) December 04, 2012 November 30, 2012 marked the official close of the 2012 hurricane season with 19 named storms and 10 hurricanes developing. Despite the ongoing multi-state recovery and relief effort associated with Superstorm Sandy, the United...

2011-04-21 15:01:00

WASHINGTON, April 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The north Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and lasts through Nov. 30. The U.S. Census Bureau produces timely local data that are critical to emergency planning, preparedness and recovery efforts. This edition of Facts for Features highlights the number of people living in areas that could be most affected by these dramatic acts of nature. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090226/CENSUSLOGO) In the Hurricane's Path 36.8...

2010-07-22 09:21:00

TITUSVILLE, Fla., July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Precision Door Service (http://www.precisiondoor.net), one of the largest garage door service companies in the U.S., announced today a new campaign to promote awareness of hurricane safety and preparedness in Florida. "Garage doors are held in place only by their tracks," said Bill Walden, President of Precision Door Service. "Hurricane winds exert so much pressure and suction that unless the door is properly reinforced it will easily be overcome...

2006-08-24 09:05:00

By Jim Loney MIAMI -- With solid concrete walls and roofs and laminated glass windows protected by storm shutters, a house can be built to withstand nearly any hurricane. But very few are. Even in the most vulnerable U.S. coastal areas, virtually no one builds homes or buildings to survive a Category 5 hurricane -- a monster storm with winds higher than 155 miles per hour (250 km per hour) that can crush ordinary houses. It costs too much. "There's a cost associated with every degree of wind...

2006-08-20 16:53:36

By Jim Loney MIAMI (Reuters) - There has been little action in the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season so far, but that may be about to change. Max Mayfield, director of the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami, said there are signs of increased activity near the west coast of Africa, source of the troublesome "Cape Verde" hurricanes that grow powerful on their long trip across the Atlantic. "The bell's going to start ringing here before long," he said in an interview last week....

2005-12-21 14:30:00

By Michael Christie MIAMI -- Hurricane Katrina was weaker than previously thought when it came ashore near New Orleans on August 29 and smashed the levees protecting the city from floodwaters, U.S. forecasters said. The U.S. National Hurricane Center's revised estimate of Katrina's intensity could be important because the levee system was supposed to withstand the weaker storm that turned into the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history and one of the deadliest with more than 1,200...

2005-11-24 11:57:06

By Janet Guttsman NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Nervous insurers are steering clear of hurricane-hit New Orleans, posing new problems as people here try to rebuild or relocate. Almost three months after Hurricane Katrina damaged tens of thousands of homes, insurance companies worry about safety, regulations and future risk. Existing homeowners argue about payouts, and would-be buyers struggle to find any insurance at all. "We were ready to sign a contract on a house, but we can't get...

2005-11-09 18:19:57

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Gulf coast state insurance commissioners urged lawmakers on Wednesday to create a national catastrophe insurance fund, saying it was needed to backstop insurers against future devastating losses and preserve coverage. Without such a fund to help them absorb losses from future disasters, insurers will cut back risk coverage to mitigate risks, the regulators from the hurricane-prone states of Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas...

2005-10-26 14:19:22

Corrects sentence in paragraph 11 to read " ...The remnants of Wilma faded over the Atlantic Ocean after lashing the U.S. northeast on Tuesday... " instead of "...Wilma was still a hurricane..." By Jim Loney MIAMI (Reuters) - Floridians lined up for gas, water, ice and money on Wednesday, and power crews worked to restore electricity to 5.5 million people as the state's most-populous region slowly recovered from Hurricane Wilma. Lights reappeared in many of the office towers in...


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