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2005-08-29 15:22:59

By Rick Wilking NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Hurricane Katrina ripped into the U.S. Gulf Coast on Monday, battering the historic jazz city New Orleans, swamping resort towns and lowlands with a crushing surge of seawater and stranding people on rooftops. New Orleans, a bowl-shaped city that sits below sea level and has long feared catastrophic damage from a massive hurricane, took a powerful blow from Katrina's 135 mph (216 kph) winds when the storm came ashore from the Gulf of Mexico...

2005-08-29 13:18:42

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hurricane Katrina may be the most expensive hurricane ever to hit the United States, costing insurers up to $26 billion, storm modelers said on Monday. The storm may nevertheless prove less costly than some had feared because it weakened overnight and its eye veered slightly east of low-lying New Orleans, by far the most populous city in Katrina's path. "We expect the bulk of damage to be wind-related, but there is significant flood risk to...

2005-08-29 10:32:08

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hurricane Katrina may be the most expensive hurricane ever to hit the United States, costing insurers as much as $25 billion, a storm modeler said on Monday. Shares of many insurers and reinsurers, which provide insurance for insurers, fell, although analysts say regulators often let insurers charge higher premiums after bad weather results in big payouts. "We expect the bulk of damage to be wind-related, but there is significant flood risk...

2005-08-29 09:06:46

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hurricane Katrina may be the most expensive hurricane ever to hit the United States, costing insurers as much as $25 billion, a storm modeler said on Monday. Eqecat Inc. of Oakland, California, had on Sunday forecast that losses could top $30 billion, but it reduced that forecast because the storm weakened and veered slightly east. The firm expects minimum insured losses of $12 billion. A $25 billion payout would make Katrina more expensive...

2005-08-29 08:20:00

NEW YORK -- Hurricane Katrina may cost insurers as much as $25 billion, which would make the hurricane the most expensive to hit the United States, a storm modeler said. Eqecat Inc. of Oakland, California had on Sunday forecast that losses could top $30 billion but reduced it because the storm weakened slightly and tracked farther east than forecast, a spokesman for the company said. The firm now expects minimum insured losses of $12.5 billion. A $25 billion payout would make Katrina more...

2005-08-29 06:51:33

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hurricane Katrina may cost U.S. insurers more than $30 billion, which would make the storm the most expensive to hit the United States, a storm modeler said. Eqecat Inc. of Oakland, California, preliminarily estimated insured losses at a minimum of $15 billion, based on a potential landfall south of New Orleans in Lafourche or Plaquemines parishes. The storm surge was expected to increase tidal heights by as much as 28 feet in some areas. Katrina made landfall at...

2005-08-26 23:22:03

By Michael Christie MIAMI (Reuters) - Hurricane Katrina gained power over warm Gulf waters and revved up for a second and potentially more deadly assault on the U.S. coast after a slow and punishing trek across southern Florida that killed seven people. By 11 p.m. EDT (0300 GMT) on Friday, the hurricane was 115 miles west of Key West at the tip of the Florida Keys, with winds of 105 mph (170 kph). The storm was expected to swing gradually northwards on a course that could see it...

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2005-08-25 17:45:00

MIAMI  -- Hurricane Katrina slammed into Florida's densely populated southeastern coast Thursday with sustained winds of 80 mph and lashing rain. Two people were killed by falling trees. The storm strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane just before it made landfall along the Miami-Dade and Broward county line between Hallandale Beach and North Miami Beach. Weather officials said flooding was the main concern as the storm dropped a foot of rain or more in some spots. There were no...

2005-08-24 08:45:44

MIAMI (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Katrina formed in the central Bahamas on Wednesday and aimed its 40-mph (64-kph) winds at Florida's southern Atlantic Coast. Katrina was expected to hit the Miami area by Friday morning as a strong tropical storm or a weak hurricane, then cut across the southern tip of Florida into the Gulf of Mexico, forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Tropical storm watches were posted from the middle islands of the Florida Keys northward 250...


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