CHICAGO, June 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Impact Forecasting, the catastrophe model development team of Aon plc (NYSE:AON), today launches the latest edition of its monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report, which evaluates the impact of the natural disaster events that occurred worldwide during May 2018.
The report reveals that four separate severe weather outbreaks swept across the United States during the month, leading to extensive hail and wind damage. Most of the damage occurred from the Rockies to the Mid-Atlantic, and thunderstorms led to catastrophic flash flooding in Ellicott City, Maryland for the second time in less than two years. Total combined economic losses from just two of the events were minimally estimated at USD2.3 billion, with public and private insurers expected to cover more than two-thirds of the total. The final figure is expected to be even higher.
The severe weather occurred amid of one of the quietest starts to tornado season in the U.S. – fewer than 450 tornadoes were reported as of June 1, putting 2018 in the lowest 25 percent of years since 1950.
Additional North American thunderstorm damage occurred in areas of Canada's Ontario and Quebec, with one event costing insurers nearly USD325 million, according to catastrophe analyst CatIQ. Most of the hail and wind damage occurred in Ontario, making it the costliest thunderstorm in the province since 2013.
Meanwhile, flooding along the Yangtze River Basin and elsewhere in China led to over 75,000 homes sustaining varying levels of damage, and total combined economic losses in excess of USD400 million.
The combined death toll from extensive flooding in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, and Rwanda since February had risen to nearly 400 by the end of May, having affected more than one million people and decimated infrastructure.
Steve Bowen, Impact Forecasting director and meteorologist, said: "The month of May featured significant weather events in nearly every major region around the globe. While the multi-billion dollar economic cost of severe convective storms in the United States and Canada was not out of the ordinary given the peak of severe weather season, perhaps most noteworthy was the rarity of two tropical cyclones directly affecting the Arabian Peninsula and Somalia in a matter of days. Storm impacts in northeast Africa only added to recent humanitarian challenges in a region which had already seen abnormally severe seasonal flooding. The flood peril will be a very important point of focus as insurance continues to grow across the emerging markets in Africa."
Further natural disaster events to have occurred elsewhere during May include:
To view the full Impact Forecasting May 2018 Global Catastrophe Recap report, please follow the link:
Along with the report, users can access current and historical natural catastrophe data and event analysis on Impact Forecasting's Catastrophe Insight website, which is updated bi-monthly as new data become available: