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KCC puts Hurricane Hanna insured losses at close to $350mn

28th July 2020 - Author: Luke Gallin

Karen Clark & Company (KCC) has estimated that insurance industry losses from Hurricane Hanna, the first hurricane of the 2020 North Atlantic hurricane season, will near $350 million.

Source: NOAA

Catastrophe risk modeller KCC notes that its estimate includes privately insured wind and storm surge damage to residential, commercial, and industrial properties and automobiles, but excludes NFIP losses.

After forming as a tropical storm on July 23rd over the Gulf of Mexico, Hanna tracked northwestward as it neared the Texas coast over the following days. Hanna made landfall as a Category 1 storm, with 90mph maximum sustained winds on Padre Island, Texas on July 25th.

A combination of warm sea surface temperatures and a low wind shear environment enabled the storm to reach hurricane strength, making it the fourth U.S. landfalling storm of an already active 2020 North Atlantic hurricane season.

The storm weakened rapidly after landfall owing to land interaction as it tracked southwest and, by the following day, Hanna had deteriorated into a tropical storm as it passed into Mexico.

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The storm left more than 20,000 customers without power in parts of southern Texas, while low to moderate levels of wind damage have been reported throughout the Rio Grande Valley. According to KCC, damage to lightweight structures was pretty common and other forms of damage included roof and siding damage, with occurrences of more severe structural damage being rare.

At close to $350 million, the primary market will likely take the large majority, if not all of the losses from damages caused by Hurricane Hanna.

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