Severe flooding in Texas caused by Hurricane Harvey (businessinsider.com)
Since progressing to Category 4 strength over the weekend, Hurricane Harvey has regressed back into a tropical storm. As predicted, rainfall and flooding have taken over as the main threats from Harvey, making this storm far from finished.
Track of Hurricane Harvey and sample portfolio exposure
When Hurricane Harvey makes its eventual landfall late Friday evening into Saturday morning, it’s expected to be the first Category 3 hurricane to hit Texas since Hurricane Bret in 1999. The storm grew quickly, with 30 mph winds developing into 80+ mph winds in just a few days.
“We got cows!” This memorable line from the movie Twister came when a cow was hurled by a tornado in front of a truck driven by two storm chasers. A tornado can pick up just about anything, and while flying cows may not be on most insurers’ minds, they do need to worry about the impact 200+ mph winds could have on their books of business.
Satellite image of Tropical Storm Cindy, courtesy of hattyphoto
With an above-average 11 to 17 named storms predicted this hurricane season, members of the P&C insurance industry need to be fully equipped to weather the storms. We know it only takes one bad storm to impact a nation’s economy for months, even years. Hurricane Matthew (2016) was the first hurricane to reach Category 5 since 2007, causing $10 billion worth of damage in the U.S. and displacing thousands. Not only that, it was the 13th billion-dollar weather disaster in the U.S. last year.
Hail is scary and it hits home for many of us. SpatialKey’s home state of Colorado is no exception to hail risk. Our downtown Denver headquarters reside in a heavy hail risk zone—and so do the homes of many SpatialKey team members.
HazardHub data shows hail risk at SpatialKey headquarters in downtown Denver
Last week, we announced our partnership with KatRisk LLC to deliver an innovative U.S. flood solution. Re/insurers can now easily identify and monitor portfolio flood accumulations and optimize risk selection at the point of sale.
This solution is delivered in the new SpatialKey Flood Analyst app and further extends the value of the Flood Underwriting app.
We are excited to release our latest innovation in SpatialKey Insurance Intelligence, the SpatialKey Portfolio Composition application! Now, you can efficiently analyze and consistently communicate portfolio health to stakeholders with unmatched access and ease of use to help you stay on top of your business.
While calls haven’t been rolling in from Hollywood talent scouts [yet], the SpatialKey executive team is thrilled to have finally made their film debut! If you want to learn more about SpatialKey, the business application of its products, and its culture of innovation, take a look at our new product videos! You will gain more insight into the SpatialKey Insurance Intelligence and Market Intelligence solutions, as well as a general overview of the SpatialKey Platform.