UK News Insurer expecting to pay out £20m in claims for Storms Ciara and Dennis
Storm Ciara's successor will hit the UK this weekend and it's going to cause chaos
If you thought you'd done the old "1, 2 Step" around Storm Ciara, you might not escape the next one so easily. Ciara, who caused chaos for people around the UK over the weekend, hit Scotland the hardest and brought flooding, travel disruption and power cuts. Strong winds are still being felt around the UK. But now there might be another storm rolling into town. The Met's Office's John Griffiths told The Evening Standard: It’s looking like aCiara, who caused chaos for people around the UK over the weekend, hit Scotland the hardest and brought flooding, travel disruption and power cuts. Strong winds are still being felt around the UK.
An insurance company has said it is expecting to pay out around £20 million in claims for damage caused by storms Ciara and Dennis.
NFU Mutual, which insures many homes and businesses in rural areas, has received more than 2,800 claims in the wake of Storm Ciara and a further 1,000 related to Storm Dennis.
Around 90% of the claims are for personal home insurance related to severe damage including fallen trees, damage to roofs and chimneys being blown over.
Storm Dennis: what do we know?
New storm will arrive a week on from Storm CiaraThe Sun says the new storm is set to “smash into the UK”, as the country recovers from Storm Ciara’s 97mph gales and widespread flooding. The Express says it will bring “three days of misery”.
The firm said while Storm Ciara prompted more claims for storm damage due to heavy winds, the subsequent storm brought heavy rain in localised areas causing more flood claims.
Fellow insurer Aviva saw a 285% surge in calls and claims after the damage caused by Storm Ciara.
Insurers have said it is too early to estimate the total cost of the damage from the two storms, but NFU Mutual said flood damage is expensive to repair, averaging £20,000 per claim.
Following widespread flooding in Yorkshire and the Midlands in 2019, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) estimated claims would cost insurers up to £110 million.
Insurer sees 285% surge in calls and claims following storm damage
Aviva has seen an increase of around 285% in telephone calls and claims, in comparison with January.Aviva said areas which have been particularly badly affected include Nottingham, Birmingham, Norwich, Sheffield and Bradford.
Storm Doris in February 2017 cost £11.5 million in payouts from NFU Mutual as the cost of Storm Desmond in 2016 reached £36 million.
In December 2016, Storms Desmond, Eva and Frank hit areas of the UK and cost fellow insurer Direct Line between £110 million and £140 million in claims.
Paul Branch, NFU Mutual head of claims, said: “Storm Ciara is one of the worst storms to hit the UK for several years and we’ll be paying out in the region of £20 million to help our customers get back into their homes and businesses as quickly as possible.
“Even at this early stage we are also aware of more than 1,000 claims for Storm Dennis, and we expect the numbers to continue to increase as more customers submit their claims for damage.
“The number of severe flood warnings is decreasing with water starting to make its way to rivers, so thankfully we’re expecting the situation on the ground to start getting better for most regions.
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Having been battered by storms Ciara and Dennis in quick succession, many people in Scotland may be wondering how the names for these weather systems are chosen. © Provided by The Scotsman Storm Ciara caused havoc in the Scottish borders and is believed to have claimed two lives, while storm Dennis is expected to batter Scotland over the weekend, with warnings of “blizzard conditions” having been put in place. © Provided by The Scotsman Here’s how those names were selected - and who chooses them.
“We remain concerned about customers in Tewkesbury, Wales and Herefordshire and the Lake District, particularly given early indications for Storm Ellen taking us through to the weekend, so we’re monitoring the situation and preparing to engage our teams again.”
The (ABI) has advised people facing damage or flooding to contact their insurer as soon as possible.
Many insurers have 24-hour emergency helplines and they may be able to arrange temporary emergency repairs to stop any damage getting worse.
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Stephen Hester, who formerly ran RBS following its near-collapse during the financial crisis, said RSA had received 'several thousand' claims after Storm Dennis and Storm Ciara. And although he admitted that the payouts might squeeze RSA's UK performance in the first quarter of 2020, they would not have a meaningful impact on the full-year results.