AIR puts hurricane Irma as up to $65 billion insured loss

by Artemis on September 9, 2017

Catastrophe risk modeling firm AIR Worldwide said that combined insurance losses for Hurricane Irma for the United States and some islands in the Caribbean will range from $20 billion to $65 Billion, with the U.S. likely to suffer up to $50 billion of the toll.

Hurricane Irma forecast trackOf course, hurricane Irma remains on track towards Florida, but the uncertainty in the track and landfall location is the reason for the wide spread in the insurance and reinsurance industry loss estimate. The further west the landfall the lower the loss is likely to be, taking the most severe winds away from the highest insured value penetration in the state.

The estimates are therefore based on the NHC’s Saturday, September 9, 5:00 a.m. EDT forecast advisory for hurricane Irma and so subject to change and revision.

AIR estimates industry insured losses for select Caribbean islands resulting from Hurricane Irma’s wind and precipitation-induced flooding range as between $5 billion and $15 billion.

AIR’s said that its loss estimates for the U.S. include, “wind and storm surge damage to onshore residential, commercial, and industrial properties and their contents, automobiles, and time element coverage (additional living expenses for residential properties and business interruption for commercial properties).”

For the Caribbean they include, “wind and precipitation-induced flooding damage to onshore residential, commercial, and industrial properties and their contents, automobiles, and time element coverage (additional living expenses for residential properties and business interruption for commercial properties).”

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