Roundup of September’s major environmental disasters

Published: Thursday, 13 October 2016 12:48

Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield's catastrophe model development team, has published the latest edition of its monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report, which evaluates the impact of the natural disaster events that occurred worldwide during September 2016. 

The report highlights that Hurricane Hermine became the first hurricane to make Florida landfall in more than a decade, when it came ashore as a Category 1 strength storm near St. Marks, Florida, bringing torrential rain and storm surge flooding to coastal sections of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.

The storm claimed at least three lives as flooding and high winds caused widespread damage and hundreds of thousands of power outages in Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas, with additional disruption and minor damage was reported into New York and New Jersey. Total economic losses were estimated at above USD800 million, while public and private insurers anticipated insured losses of around USD400 million.

Hermine was the first hurricane to strike the state of Florida since Hurricane Wilma in October 2005.

Meanwhile, a weakened Super Typhoon Meranti made landfall in China's Fujian Province after first grazing southern Taiwan and the northern Philippines province of Batanes. At least 44 people were killed and dozens more were injured, as more than 70,000 homes and vast cropland was damaged or destroyed. Overall economic losses were USD2.4 billion, with the vast majority reported in China (USD2.3 billion).

Other notable tropical cyclones during September included Typhoon Megi (USD940 million), Typhoon Malakas (USD100 million), and Hurricane Newton (USD10 million).

Further natural hazard events to have occurred worldwide in September include:

To view the full Impact Forecasting September 2016 Global Catastrophe Recap report, click here.