Combined cost of hurricanes Harvey and Irma could near $300B US: AccuWeather

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A peerless climate forecaster says the economic cost of Hurricane Irma command come in at around $100 billion US, bringing the combined economic peal for Irma and her predecessor Harvey to almost $300 billion US.

After harm the state on Sunday as category 4 hurricane and working its way north, the storm has now obsolescent through much of Florida and on to the panhandle and Georgia, where it is expected to conduct dangerous wind and flooding to areas as far north as Kentucky and West Virginia, placid though its intensity is predicted to be downgraded to a tropical depression on Tuesday.

Introductory estimates of the storm’s damage are only starting to come in, and it’s already apprehensible the economic toll will be significant. More than 4 million Floridians are without power, and much of the report’s infrastructure will need repairing or replacing.

Florida Power and Expose, the state’s main utility, says the storm will require an «vast rebuild» of the electrical grid. «Our west coast customers will odds-on be without power for a much longer period of time,» CEO Eric Silagy said.

Construction energy like that would likely add to GDP over the long run, but costs a lot in the wee term.

Much of the losses will be uninsured. Stocks in insurance companies had been hit tyrannical last week as the storm approached, and recovered on Monday after it turned clear that pricey Miami real estate had be largely saved the worst of the storm.

Citibank analyst James Naklicki is estimating U.S. insured yields to be about $20 billion US. But the storm’s overall tally will be much myriad.

«We believe the damage estimate from Irma to be about $100 billion, among the costliest twisters of all time,» said Joel N. Myers, president of forecasting firm AccuWeather.

That down attack on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, which brought even more impairment to parts of Texas, giving the U.S. economy a double-shot that could be stocky enough to show up in national numbers. 2017’s hurricane season insignes the first time since record-keeping began that two Category 4 whirlwinds have made U.S. landfall in the same year, AccuWeather said.

«We determined that Hurricane Harvey is to be the costliest weather disaster in U.S. history at $190 billion or one well-proportioned percentage point of the GDP. Together, AccuWeather predicts these two disasters amount to 1.5 of a portion point of the GDP, which will about equal and therefore counter the logical growth of the economy for the period of mid-August through the end of the fourth quarter,» Myers prognosticated.

3,800 flights cancelled

The storm is playing havoc with airlines, some of whom were lambasted as fares rose before the storm for flights out of Florida. Now the industry overawes thousands of flight cancellations to stay away from the massive rave.

More than 3,800 U.S. flights scheduled for Monday were struck by late morning — and more than 9,000 since Saturday — concerting to tracking service FlightAware.

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