PERILS ups windstorm Christian loss estimate to €1.091B


PERILS AG, the Zurich-based provider of industry-wide European catastrophe insurance exposure, industry loss data and indices, has announced a third and updated loss estimate of €1.091 billion for insured property losses from October’s European windstorm Christian.

PERILS issued its first estimate of industry wide insured property losses caused by European windstorm Christian in December, putting the initial estimate at €994m. In line with PERILS reporting procedures, additional data was gathered on the storm and its insured losses and at the next update in late January PERILS increased its estimate by 7.4% to €1.068 billion.

Now, at the third update of the estimated property insured losses from windstorm Christian (also known as the St Jude storm), PERILS has added another 2.1%, lifting the total estimate of insured market property losses to €1.091 billion.

Windstorm Christian struck western and northern Europe from 27th to 29th October, causing widespread damage across a number of countries. It was the first of a series of strong and damaging windstorms to hit Europe during the winter season.

In line with PERILS reporting procedures, the market loss data from this third loss report is available at a higher level of granularity, with losses per CRESTA zone (two-digit postcode level) and per property line of business.

By providing this level of detail, in combination with gust speed data and PERILS market sums insured both available per CRESTA zone and per property line of business, PERILS believe that the R&D value of the Christian loss footprint is greatly enhanced as it can be used to validate European wind risk models with actual data.

Luzi Hitz, CEO of PERILS, commented on the estimate update; “PERILS represents an international effort by the insurance industry to add transparency and increase data availability in the Cat risk market. Our detailed loss data for windstorm Christian is a prime example of these efforts and will contribute to a better understanding of insured Cat risk,”

Eduard Held, Head of Products, said; “Being able to compare modeled losses and modeled wind vulnerabilities with real CRESTA level data for a Pan-European windstorm event is unique and of significant value to the industry. Having high-resolution industry loss and exposure data is a prerequisite for improving the accuracy of European storm risk assessment.”

Windstorm Christian (27 to 29 October 2013), market-wide insured property losses

Windstorm Christian (27 to 29 October 2013), market-wide insured property losses

PERILS AG explained:

Christian occurred from 27 to 29 October 2013. It moved rapidly from the south of the United Kingdom in a north-easterly direction over the North Sea into Scandinavia. On its path, the storm caused significant losses in the United Kingdom, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Sweden.

PERILS reporting schedule deems that the fourth loss estimate will be provided a year after the date of the event, on 27th October 2014.

Update on all events investigated by PERILS AG from this winter:

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Event nameEvent start datePerilStatusEstimate
Ulla14 Feb 2014WindstormNon-qualifying
Tini12 Feb 2014WindstormQualifying€245m
UK FloodsVarious – Jan/Feb 2014FloodNon-qualifying
Ruth08 Feb 2014WindstormNon-qualifying
Qumaira06 Feb 2014WindstormNon-qualifying
Petra04 Feb 2014WindstormNon-qualifying
Nadja31 Jan 2014WindstormNon-qualifying
Christina05 Jan 2014WindstormNon-qualifying
Anne02 Jan 2014WindstormNon-qualifying
Gerhard01 Jan 2014WindstormNon-qualifying
Felix30 Dec 2013WindstormNon-qualifying
Erich26 Dec 2013WindstormNon-qualifying
Dirk23 Dec 2013WindstormQualifying€352 million
Bernd18 Dec 2013WindstormNon-qualifying
Xaver05 Dec 2013WindstormQualifying€727 million
Christian27 Oct 2013WindstormQualifying€1.091 billion
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