Windstorm Joachim, which tore through France, Germany, and Switzerland earlier this winter, may cost property insurers 300 million euros, according to Zurich-based insurance industry initiative PERILS AG. The storm which struck between December 15-17, 2011, produced winds of up to 212 km/h or 132 mph and caused power outages, train delays, and closures throughout Western Europe.
PERILS reports that “the majority of the losses occurred in France, with losses also occurring in Germany and Switzerland. PERILS’ market loss estimate is based on ultimate gross loss data as reported by primary insurance companies and excludes losses indemnified by the French CatNat government scheme.”
According to Bloomberg, the European insurance industry’s most expensive storm on record was winter storm Lothar, “which caused $5.9 billion in insured losses in 1999, according to estimates by reinsurer Munich RE.”
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