A severe thunderstorm that swept across New York City on Tuesday night left nearly 100 trees felled and hundreds more damaged in the cityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Central Park. An August 19 article in the New York Times cites officials at the cityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Department of Parks and Recreation and at the Central Park Conservancy saying this is the most severe destruction the parkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s trees have sustained in decades. Trees in several other city parks also suffered significant damage. The storm is a reminder that thunderstorm losses can be substantial. A recent MunichRe Webinar noted that severe thunderstorms in the United States caused estimated insured losses of $6.1 billion (estimated overall losses of $8.9 billion) in the first six months of 2009. This was more than first-half losses fromÃ‚ flood, winter storms and wildfires combined.