Insurance Journal - Torrential rains led to weekend flooding in parts of North Dakota, inundating or threatening more than a dozen homes in the west and causing at least two injuries in the east. Many areas of the state got several inches of rain on Aug. 15 and 16, leading to flash flooding. National Weather Service reports show that southwestern North Dakota got as much as 10 1/2 inches of rain. Dickinson set a city record for the date on Aug. 15, with 1.85 inches of rain, according to the weather service. That broke the Dickinson record of 0.87 inches set in 1981. More than 15 homes in Dunn County were affected when the Knife River overflowed.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
InsuranceNewsNet - Nearly two years after Superstorm Sandy socked North Jersey, a Carlstadt printer has filed suit against its insurance company, seeking $37 million for storm-related damage that continues to hamper its operations. The lawsuit by Pictorial Offset Corp., a printer of pamphlets, brochures, catalogs and other items, says the electronics and electrical systems of several printing machines still don’t work properly due to damage from electrical surges during the storm. The damage was just part of the impact from the storm, a company official said — it left 14 inches of water in the building and shut the business for a month, forcing customers to |go elsewhere, which in turn shrank the workforce from 250 to 135.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Canadian Underwriter - Just 7% of homeowners in the United States have earthquake insurance despite updated maps from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) showing that some areas of the country are at risk of earthquakes and the potential associated costs are also on the rise, reports the Insurance Information Institute (III).The potential cost of earthquakes is growing while the number of those in the U.S. with coverage is declining in many parts of the country, notes a statement issued Monday by III, a non-profit, communications organization supported by the insurance industry.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - A 72-year-old Tate Township man crash-landed an airplane on his own property Tuesday evening and is expected to be OK. The pilot, Roland Franke, has been flying for more than 30 years, his wife told officials at the scene. Shortly after taking off, Franke realized there was an apparent problem with the engine, said Patrol Sgt. Charles Jordan . He tried to circle back and land the single-engine, ultralight plane but crashed, Jordan said. The plane flipped over in the crash at his property in the 2200 block of Oak Corner Road, the sergeant said.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - Lightning was the cause of two overnight fires as flames broke out at an Anderson Township condominium and at a home in Hebron early Wednesday. No one was injured when flames swept through the residence in the 7900 block of Bar Harbor Drive in Anderson Twp. just before 2:30 a.m., a Hamilton County dispatcher said. The condo is vacant, initial reports indicate. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation, but reports state lightning hit the building as overnight storms rumbled through.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Insurance Journal - A Youngstown, Ohio, woman has been convicted of setting fire to a rental property in order to collect insurance money, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. Latasha Curtis, 33, was convicted on one count of conspiracy, one count of use of fire during the commission of a felony, and one count of maliciously damaging and destroying, and attempting to damage and destroy, by means of fire, real property used in interstate commerce and in activity affecting interstate commerce following a trial before U.S. District Judge Benita Pearson.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
NBC News - Some 13,000 households and businesses in central California received evacuation orders as an out-of-control wildfire approached a foothill community near Yosemite National Park. Authorities also declared a local state of emergency in Madera County late Monday. Four hotels in the community of Oakhurst about 16 miles from an entrance to Yosemite were evacuated and Tuesday classes have been canceled for most of the Yosemite Unified School District. The 1,200-acre blaze burned at least two structures but it wasn’t immediately clear what they were, officials said.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The New York Times - One person was killed and a dozen others were injured in a fire that ripped through a six-floor apartment building on West 136th Street in Manhattan on Monday evening, fire officials said. The person who died was badly burned in a stairwell on the top floor, Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro said at a news conference on Monday night. The victim had not been identified. Two other people in the building had minor injuries, and 10 firefighters suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, Mr. Nigro said. The cause of the fire was under investigation but was considered suspicious because of its size, Mr. Nigro said.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Aurora Sentinel - A 63-year-old man is facing charges after police say he fired two rounds into an empty condominium bedroom because he thought there was an intruder there Monday morning. No one was shot or injured, police said. The suspected intruder turned out to be an insurance adjuster inspecting an adjacent roof for damage, police said. The incident happened around 8 a.m. in a condominium complex in the 410 block of South Fraser Street.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Canadian Underwriter - Hurricane forecasters are predicting "below-average hurricane activity for the remainder of the 2014," due in part to cooler-than-average ocean temperatures on part of the north Atlantic, Willis Re. Inc. suggested in a recent report."U.S. landfall probability estimates continue to be low this year, though caution should be exercised due to a recent run of poor U.S. landfall forecasts," Willis Re said in its 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook, released Aug. 15.
Monday, August 18, 2014
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