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Harvey insured loss $15.4bn (ex NFIP): Karen Clark & Co.


The insurance and reinsurance industry loss from hurricane Harvey has been estimated at $15.4 billion by catastrophe risk modelling firm Karen Clark & Company, excluding the impacts to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Hurricane Harvey floodingLoss estimates are coming thick and fast now, as the impact of hurricane Harvey is gradually becoming clearer. However it is still early days and any estimates are unlikely to be spot on at this stage, so some creep either way is to be expected in the coming weeks.

Karen Clark & Co. put the total insurance industry loss at $15.4 billion, made up of $2.5 billion of wind losses, $500 million of storm surge losses and $12.4 billion of inland flood losses.

Given this does not include the NFIP’s exposure, there could be another $1 billion added to this if the NFIP’s reinsurance program pays out in full, as it’s now thought likely to.

The $12.4 billion of inland flood loss is interesting as it’s perhaps a higher figure than many had originally anticipated, but as the flooding worsened and with waters set to linger, the impact to commercial property insurance in particular is expected to be high.

At this level of insurance and reinsurance industry loss, hurricane Harvey will be the most costly hurricane in Texas history, based on costs at the time of impact. But Karen Clark notes that two historical Category 4 hurricanes, the 1900 and 1915 Galveston hurricanes, would have caused over $50 billion each in insured losses if they occurred today.

Other hurricane Harvey loss estimates out today include Morgan Stanley analysts suggesting a loss of up to $25 billion, excluding the NFIP, and Moody’s Analytics saying the economic loss could be as high as $108 billion.

Also read:

Complex Harvey loss could lead to reinsurance & ILS litigation: A.M. Best

Harvey cost could be $108bn: Moody’s. NFIP loss could be $9bn: Corelogic.

Harvey industry loss seen up to $25bn (ex-NFIP) by Morgan Stanley.

Munich, Swiss, Berkshire are reinsurers most exposed to Harvey: RBC.

NFIP reinsurance program could be wiped out by Harvey: Fitch.

Harvey wind, surge & flood economic loss could be $70-90bn: RMS.

Harvey won’t cause cat bond loss but could erode aggregates: Paul Schultz.

ILS can help to narrow the flood risk protection gap: Miller, JLT Capital Markets.

Aggregate cat bonds, private ILS seen most exposed to Harvey.

Hurricane Harvey floods could hit NFIP’s $1 billion reinsurance layer.

Markel CATCo sees minimal Harvey hit at below $10bn industry loss.

Hurricane Harvey loss up to $20bn, unlikely to move pricing: Analysts.

Cat bond funds don’t expect Harvey loss, private ILS more exposed.

AIR puts Harvey wind & surge insured loss at up to $2.3bn

Cat bond market drops on Harvey, close shave for Fonden 2017 deal?

Live cat trades completed on hurricane Harvey threat.

Half of hurricane Harvey loss could fall to reinsurance: J.P. Morgan.

Hurricane Harvey – catastrophe bond exposure.

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