Weather Natural Disasters

  • With more than 50 million people potentially in Hurricane Irene's path, residents along the US east coast stocked up on food and water and worked to secure homes, vehicles and boats.

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    Hurricane Irene is expected to cause billions of dollars in damage in 14 states along the eastern U.S. seacoast, but property/casualty insurance companies are not expected to see much of a hit from damage claims.

  • Irene Impact on Insurers

    Some analysts say the storm could cost insurers billions of dollars. A look at the top insurers and how they are trading today, with J. Paul Newsome, Sandler O'Neill & Partners; Meyer Shields, Analyst, Stifel Nicolaus, and CNBC's Bob Pisani.

  • NYSE Preps for Irene

    Insight on the exchange's contingency plans, with Lou Pastina, NYSE Euronext head of floor operations and CNBC's Bob Pisani.

  • Power Preps in North Carolina

    James Rogers, Duke Energy Chairman, president/CEO, shares his company's efforts behind the preparation for Hurricane Irene and breaks down the cost of restoring service.

  • Residents in N.C. Prep for Irene

    CNBC's Kayla Tausche has the story on how residents in North Carolina are preparing for the hurricane.

  • NYC's Financial Flood Zones

    CNBC's Courtney Reagan has the details on New Yorkers preparing for a possible evacuation in anticipation of strong storm surges from Hurricane Irene.

  • Hurricane Irene: Preparing for Power Outages

    Advice for residents of the Northeast during a possible power outage, with Vanessa Baird-Streeter, Long Island Power Authority.

  • Raging waves batter against the shore in the seafront in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, after the passage of Hurricane Irene. Hurricane Irene was downgraded on Tuesday as it lashed the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean, but forecasters warned it could still regain power as it approaches the US mainland.

    Thousands were fleeing an exposed strip of coastal villages and beaches off North Carolina on Thursday as Irene approached, threatening to become the first major hurricane to hit the East Coast in seven years.

  • With Hurricane Irene barreling towards the US Eastern Seaboard, the Fast traders turned their attention to the stormy weather and how to trade it.

  • 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.

  • Earthquake Rattles U.S. East Coast

    People are still buzzing about the strong earthquake that rattled the East coast yesterday. CNBC's Hampton Pearson has the details on the damages caused and the safety procedures following the quake.

  • Markets Reaction to Earthquake

    The CNBC news team reports on today's 5.9 magnitude earthquake and its impact on the markets, with Ira Epstein, The Linn Group, and Mark Zoback, Stanford University geologist, Rowena Lohman, Cornell Univerisity, and Kate Hutton, Caltech seismologist weigh in on the probability of earthquakes and aftershocks on the East coast.

  • Japan Politics an Obstacle for Tsunami Survivors

    Rikuzen Takata, a seaside town in Japan's northeastern prefecture of Iwate, was one of the hardest hit communities after the March 11 tragedy. Survivors say the political gridlock in Tokyo is starving them of money they need to rebuild. CNBC's Kaori Enjoji reports.

  • 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.

  • Stormy Weather - A CNBC Special Report

    Six years after Hurricane Katrina and countless subsequent disasters many are still questioning the effectiveness of  the Federal Emergency Management Agency . 

  • The Japanese people are fighting hard to get the economy out of the slump that has followed the devastating earthquake and tsunami that blasted parts of the island nation in March, a Nomura analyst told CNBC Monday.

  • Bangkok, Thailand

    Japan's March disaster has forced many city dwellers to rethink staying in high-rise and watertfront properties.  The NYT reports.

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    Japan's March disaster has forced many city dwellers to rethink staying in high-rise and watertfront properties.  The NYT reports.