Swinton Storm Data Counts The Costs of Claims

Usgs.gov data has recently highlighted that the increase in global temperatures will impact the intensity of storms and the possibility of more droughts in the future. With this in mind, home insurance experts Swinton Insurance have researched into the increases of storms over the past 20 years, revealing some significant findings.

Key Findings

  • From the years (2000-2010) to (2011-2020) we’ve seen an increase of 500% in storms going from 4 recorded storms in 10 years to 24 recorded storms in the last 10 years. 
  • There has been a 20% increase on YOY storms with the possibility of that increasing before the years out. 
  • From 2017 to 2018, storms have jumped by 4000% from 1 storm recorded in 2017 to 5 storms recorded in 2018
  • The most significant rise in storm frequency occurred in the last 3 years with a 166% rise in storms going from 6 recorded storms between 2015-2017 to 16 recorded storms between 2018-2020.
  • £4.2 billion total costs of damage to the UK since 2000-2020
  • 74 recorded fatalities from 2000-2020 

 

2000-2010
Year Name Winds Fatalities Cost of damage
2000 Cyclone Oratia 150 mph 16 £50 million
2005 Birmingham Tornado 137 mph 0 £40 million
2006 70 mph 0 £10 million
2007 London Tornado 81 mph 13 £2.3 billion
2011-2020
Year Name Winds Fatality Cost of damage
2011 Hurricane Katia 75 mph 4 £100 million
2014 Hurricane Bertha 104 mph 4 £88.6 million
2015 Storm Desmond 81 mph 3 £500 million
2015 Storm Frank 85 mph 3 £280 million
2016 Storm Imogen 100 mph 0 £80 million
2016 Storm Angus 80 mph 2 £73 million
2016 Storm Doris 94 mph 3 £400 million
2017 Storm Gertrude 100 mph 0 £80 million
2018 Storm Hector 69 moh 0
2018 Storm Ali 69 mph 2 £250,000,000
2018 Storm Deirdre 69 mph 0
2018 Storm Bronagh 78 mph 2
2018 Storm Callum 69 mph 0 £16,000,000
2019 Storm Erik 58 mph 0
2019 Storm Ciara 97 mph 13 £180,000,000
2019 Storm Hannah 69 mph 0
2019 Storm Gareth 69 mph 0
2019 Storm Dennis 90 mph 5 £180,000,000
2020 Storm Francis 70 mph
2020 Storm Brendan 90 mph 0
2020 Storm Atiyah 58 mph 0
2020 Storm Ellen 81 mph 4 £90000
2020 Storm Jorge 69 mph 0
2020 Storm Alex 87 mph
(Total Storms) 28 (Total Fatalities) 74 (Total Cost Of Damage) £4,267,600,000

 

Swinton Insurance states that the cost of storm damage to homes and businesses every year in the UK is at least £300 million, on average. But, in years when exceptional storms hit, the cost can be much higher. With this in mind, it’s important to storm proof your home by making sure the following advice is taken into consideration. 

  • Check your roof for any signs of ageing, such as cracks or misaligned tiles.
  • Keep gutters, drainpipes and drains clear of blockages – this will ensure rainwater has somewhere to go and is less likely to build into a flood.
  • Check the condition of trees close to your home and consider removing any that could potentially fall onto your house or car.
  • Check the condition of trees close to your home and consider removing any that could potentially fall onto your house or car.
  • If you’re in a flood risk area, consider taking out home insurance that covers you against floods and storms.
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