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Catastrophe Recap: Severe Storms, Flooding Cause Widespread Damage Around the Globe

April 22, 2016 Leave a comment dridrive

Storm LightningImpact Forecasting’s Global Catastrophe Recap for March details severe storms and flooding that hit major areas worldwide, including 1,000+ reports of tornadoes in the United States and the most damaging flood event in a decade in the United Arab Emirates.

Among the report’s highlights:

  • In the U.S., seven severe convective storms impacted nearly every part of the country – more than 1,000 reports of tornadoes, damaging winds, and hail were recorded by the Storm Prediction Center. Texas was among the states hardest hit, where weeks of golf ball-sized hail in the Dallas-Fort Worth area led to more than 125,000 home and auto insurance claim filings.
  • In the UAE and Oman, flooding and winds from the most severe storm event in at least a decade caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.
  • Windstorm Jeanne hit northern Europe hard, killing at least one person, while downing trees, damaging roofs, and flooding rivers in the United Kingdom and Scandinavia, particularly.
  • A late-March winter storm caused damage and power outages in southern Canada, with economic losses expected to reach $100 million USD.

To read the complete report, click here for the PDF.