Tornado Surge Struck U.S. in April; Strong Storms Also Hit Other Global Locales

May 14, 2019

An elevated number of tornadoes in the U.S. contributed to a substantive list of global natural catastrophes in April, according to Aon’s latest monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report. Standout storms also included the strongest cyclone to hit Mozambique on record and costly seasonal flooding in eastern Canada that inundated nearly 10,000 homes.

Regarding U.S. storm events during April, the report noted that nearly 250 tornadoes touched down—the most for the month of April since 2011—which will have an economic cost in the multiple billions of dollars.

Aon’s report noted a number of major U.S. storms in April, including:

Steve Bowen, director and meteorologist within Aon’s Impact Forecasting team, said the high cost of the flood events in particular highlights a selective protection gap in mature insurance markets.

“The multibillion-dollar uninsured cost of the flood events – including those in the Missouri, Mississippi, St. Lawrence, Ottawa and Saint John River Basins – has once again exposed the existing protection gap within mature insurance markets for a specific peril,” Bowen said.

He added that best practice approaches toward understanding flood events and encouragement of more coverage should help lower the gap and minimize residents’ financial burdens.

Other major April storms, according to the Aon report:

The report noted that there were 374 fatalities reported across the globe due to flooding and severe weather events in April.

Source: Aon’s Impact Forecasting

*A version of this story ran previously in our sister publication Insurance Journal.