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Weather Hurricanes

  • U.S. East Coast Bracing for Irene

    The Weather Channel's Nick Walker has latest on Hurricane Irene, expected to hit the Northeast this weekend.

  • Heading Into Irene's Path

    The Weather Channel's Mike Siedel has the details on how North Carolina, and particularly the Outer Banks, is preparing for a potentially intense hurricane, with Dare County Commissioner Mike Johnson.

  • With forecasters predicting 12 to 18 named storms in 2011, homeowners in the Southern United States may already be looking past the sunny days of summer and bracing for the hurricane season. Insurance providers have already bet on it. Homeowners in certain hurricane prone states are at the mercy of an entirely separate insurance market — the so-called “market of last resort” — created to pick up the slack from private insurers who don't provide coverage for hurricanes — or, for that matter, torn

    See average annual homeowners insurance premiums in these states, as well as average windstorm insurance premiums from the least expensive to the most expensive.

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    Insurers call windstorm coverage — including  hurricanes, tornadoes, and hail — the  "market of last resort,"  which comes with its own special rates applied to areas most prone to disaster.

  • Stormy Weather - A CNBC Special Report

    This year has already been a record one for storm damage, with more severe weather of all kinds.

  • Deluxe Preparedness Kit

    A not-so-small cottage industry is now built around disaster preparation. While it never hurts to be prepared, say experts, how much of this industry is actually playing into people’s fears?

  • Vehicles are crushed by a collapsed wall at a carpark in Mito city

    To what degree a catastrophic event might be caused by climate change is impossible to measure at this stage, so global warming isn’t being directly priced into insurance premiums.

  • Damaged vehicles in parking lot of St. John's Hospital after tornado hit in Joplin, Missouri.

    Companies like ServiceMaster,  ServPro, Disaster Kleenup International and the Signature Group are ready to mobilize workers by the hundreds to respond to catastrophe for days and weeks on end.

  • Natural Gas

    New pipelines and high storage levels will combine to prevent a repeat of 2005 when hurricanes Katrina and Rita interrupted supply and prices spiked.

  • Hurricane Earl is seen on August 30, 2010 in the Atlantic Ocean as seen from space.

    Hurricane season is about to start. Here's how to trade it.

  • Residents walking down street after a tornado in Joplin, Missouri.

    It's been a stormy year for U.S. property insurers, and hurricane season hasn't even started yet. But shares of these companies could be jumping if a bad year in weather prompts premium increases.

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    The federal government’s main weather forecasting agency warns of an “above average” hurricane season this summer, yet the energy market yawns...

  • Damaged houses, cars and debris after the earthquake

    The catastrophic events of the past week or so in Japan have many reaching for their wallets, seeking to help the afflicted nation and its people. Unfortunately, writing a check to a Japan earthquake specific charity fund might not be the wisest choice.

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    In his first one-on-one television interview since leaving the White House, former President George W. Bush talked about regrets, accomplishments and his legacy with NBC's Matt Lauer.

  • Stocks closed lower Tuesday as the Dow and the S&P 500 ended a four-day winning streak amid renewed concerns about the European banking sector and light post-holiday trading. Amex sank, Oracle rose.

  • Stocks fell Tuesday as the Dow and the S&P 500 were on pace to end a four-day winning streak amid renewed concerns about the European banking sector and light post-holiday trading.  Amex, AIG fell, Oracle rose.

  • Stocks fell as investors paused after a broad rally last week and absorbed news about rekindled European debt worries. Amex and AIG fell, Oracle rose.

  • U.S. futures futures are weak ahead of the open Tuesday after a weak performance in Europe on renewed bank stress test concerns and worries over European debt.