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NEW YORK, March 14, 2019—Auto and home owners who incurred property damage because of this week’s intense winds and blizzard conditions should contact their insurance professional about filing a claim, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.).
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports multiple U.S. states were hit by a bombogenesis, a meteorological term that deals with the measurement of atmospheric pressure. The bombogenesis caused an extraordinary combination of wind-driven snow as well as rainfall which threatened to generate river flooding.
Winter storms usually cause more than $1 billion in insured losses annually in the U.S.
“This phenomenon is a rare one for the landlocked region and has the potential to break all-time, low-pressure records for parts of Colorado and Kansas,” NOAA stated.
The I.I.I. reminds consumers who sustained property damage from the bombogenesis to contact their insurance professional or company to review what’s covered in their auto and home insurance policies.
Auto insurance policies cover:
Homeowners insurance policies cover:
Damage caused by flooding is not covered by either a standard homeowners or renters insurance policy.
Melting snow that seeps into a home from the ground up would be covered by a flood insurance policy, which is provided by FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program, and a few private insurers. Flood insurance is available to both homeowners and renters.
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