U.S. Hit With Greatest Number of February Tornadoes Since 2008: Aon Benfield Report

March 15, 2016

Severe storms in the U.S. led to the greatest number of February tornadoes since 2008, according to the latest monthly Global Catastrophe Report from Aon Benfield’s Impact Forecasting.

Damage from tornadoes, straight-line winds and large hail was noted in the Plains, Midwest, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Meanwhile, the eastern U.S. was hit by an extended period of subzero temperatures, heavy snow, flooding and severe weather. Combined economic losses in the U.S. were expected to top $1 billion, with the insurance industry facing losses well into the hundreds of millions.

The Southern Hemisphere registered its strongest tropical cyclone on record, the report said. Tropical Cyclone Winston had maximum sustained winds of 185 mph and made landfall on Fiji’s largest and most populated island (Viti Levu), killing at least 44 people and damaging or destroying more than 24,000 homes. Total economic losses from the category 5 storm were estimated at $470 million, and insurers expect claims to reach $47 million.

Other February catastrophes include:

For a regional breakdown of February’s catastrophes, see the full Global Catastrophe Report from Aon Benfield’s Impact Forecasting.