2016 promises to be a rough year for both homeowners and for insurance companies doing business and paying damage claims in our state.
Just halfway through 2016, the insurance industry already is facing more than $6 billion in payouts, primarily from hail-driven events. By mid April, insured losses in Texas already had met the nine-year average for hailstorm damage in the United States. And that was before San Antonio suffered three hailstorms – including one that was the costliest hailstorm in Texas history – with estimated insured losses to automobiles and homes and businesses reaching $1.9 billion.
Authorities say one traveler was killed and several were hurt in a 13-vehicle pileup during a dust storm in the Texas Panhandle.
The Texas Department of Public Safety says the accident Wednesday night closed Interstate 40 near Conway, 30 miles east of Amarillo. Trooper Cindy Barkley says all lanes of I-40 reopened Thursday.
Hurricane season started June 1. Now is the time to prepare, not to be complacent. NOAA, as part of Hurricane Preparedness Week, presents seven tips to make sure your family, home and belongings are as ready as they can be, to withstand a hurricane that makes landfall.
NOAA also created a great video – “Getting Ready for Hurricanes: A to Z Overview” where you can follow the Crisp family as they learn how to strengthen their home against hurricanes.
It only takes one storm to change your life and community. Tropical cyclones are among nature’s most powerful and destructive phenomena. If you live in an area prone to tropical cyclones, you need to be prepared. Even areas well away from the coastline can be threatened by dangerous flooding, destructive winds and tornadoes from these storms. The National Hurricane Center and the Central Pacific Hurricane Center issue watches, warnings, forecasts, and analyses of hazardous tropical weather.
Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 15-21, 2016) is your time to prepare for a potential land-falling tropical storm or hurricane. Learn how with the daily tips below and related links. Share these with your friends and family to ensure that they’re prepared. Learn more here.
Texas storms affected more Allstate insured homes in Randall county than any other part of the state over the past five years, while Smith county saw the highest frequency of lightning. Allstate tallied the top 25 Texas counties affected by severe weather; identifying areas with highest frequencies of wind and hail, and lightning related homeowner property damage claims from 2011 through 2015.
This piece is from 2014 but is a good overview of why Texas needs to require roofers to be licensed.