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Ian's catastrophic damage in Florida falls on an insurance market in turmoil

Sep 29, 2022
The storm could cause more than $30 billion in property losses at a time when insurance companies in the state are losing money.
Hurricane Ian may be one of the costliest storms in U.S. history. Above, debris in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.
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Hurricane Ian spares fertilizer plants but sends a warning to the U.S. industry

Sep 29, 2022
A direct hit would have been bad news for a world already struggling without enough fertilizer.
A farmer puts fertilizer in the ground before planting.
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Puerto Ricans who thought hurricane insurance covered flooding may have a rude awakening

Sep 20, 2022
Did wind or water cause the damage to their homes? That's up to the insurance adjuster.
In the wake of Hurricane Fiona, an estimated 80% of Puerto Rico's population still lack electricity. Many people are stranded after more than 30 inches of rain fell in some areas.
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Why doesn't homeowners insurance cover flood damage?

Sep 16, 2021
Short answer: Flooding cost insurance companies too much money, so the federal government stepped in.
River water floods the front of a home in Lincoln Park, New Jersey, in the wake of Hurricane Ida. Covering flood damage proved to be a money loser for the insurance industry.
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Pandemic complicates emergency response to Hurricane Laura

Aug 28, 2020
Officials had to find alternatives to big, crowded evacuation centers.
A couple leave the hotel in Galveston, Texas, where they had taken shelter from Hurricane Laura on Thursday.
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People need basic resources to evacuate safely from disaster zones

Aug 26, 2020
As people in the U.S. flee wildfires and a hurricane, they may need a car, tank of gas, enough money for a hotel room or place to stay where they can socially distance.
A resident runs into a home to save a dog while flames from the Hennessey fire get closer in Napa, California, on Aug. 18.
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Protesters rally against foreclosures on Puerto Rican families affected by Hurricane Maria, outside the offices of TPG Capital, Dec. 20, 2017 in New York City. The activists claims that TPG Capital's mortgage service companies are aggressively foreclosing on families in Puerto Rico after many people were displaced from their homes following Hurricane Maria.
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What recovery looks like for a small, historic Puerto Rico town

San German's lights are mostly on, but the city's mayor says bureaucracy is slowing down progress.
A view of Porta Coeli in San German, Puerto Rico.
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Rebuilding plays a major role in economic recovery of the U.S. Virgin Islands

The territory's governor expects storm recovery and reconstruction to last four or five years.
Laura Forbes prepares to load cleaning supplies onto a ferry taking them to her mother St. Thomas more than a week after Hurricane Irma made landfall in Christiansted, St Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. 
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Managing mental health in the midst of disaster

Dec 15, 2017
A look at the cost of the impact of disasters on mental health — and the people who's job it is to help.
An inmate firefighter monitors flames as a house burns in the Napa wine region in California on October 9, 2017, as multiple wind-driven fires continue to whip through the region. 
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