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Flood a significant contributor to Irma loss: RMS

Sofia Geraghty 11 September 2017

A significant proportion of the losses from Hurricane Irma will be from flood losses, said Robert Muir-Wood, chief research officer at RMS, at a briefing focused on Irma and Harvey in Monte Carlo today.

Whilst Cuba had "taken the sting" out of the hurricane, meaning it was weaker when it made landfall in Florida, Irma is likely to generate a significant amount of flood losses, he said.

The wind field for Irma is so large that Florida is receiving 4-5ft...

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