RMS: USD 3.5 – 6.5 billion insured losses from wind and storm surge caused by Hurricane Dorian in the Caribbean

RMS estimate for insured losses to the Caribbean from Hurricane Dorian is between USD 3.5 – 6.5 billion, a significantly higher amount compared to the AIR Worldwide one a week ago. This estimate represents insured losses associated with wind and storm surge damage across the Caribbean region, most notably in the Bahamas.

RMS estimates that nearly all of the Caribbean insured losses will come from the Bahamas, particularly Grand Bahama and Abaco Islands. This loss estimate reflects property damage and business interruption caused by wind and storm surge-driven coastal flooding to residential, commercial, industrial, marine and automobile lines of business, plus factors for both post-event loss amplification (PLA) and non-modeled losses.

Jeff WATERS, Senior Product Manager, RMS North Atlantic Hurricane Models said, “There is a high degree of uncertainty on the potential impact of post-event loss amplification from this event. Nevertheless, we expect PLA in the Bahamas to be significant due to constrained access to the islands and infrastructure damage. Port closures, damaged roads, and severe damage to the airport will make it difficult to deliver the necessary labor and materials to impacted areas. It will also limit the ability of residents and business owners to return to damaged homes and buildings. Consequently, cost of materials is expected to inflate, and repairs could be prolonged, both of which are expected to amplify the cost of the claims from this event.”

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