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Spike in Weather-Related Insurance Claims During Summer Revealed

Spike in Weather-Related Insurance Claims During Summer Revealed

Over the recent summer period, NRMA Insurance reported an influx of claims linked to severe weather, with a record not seen since the autumnal months of 2022.
An overwhelming number of these, about 85%, have been ascribed to weather disturbances such as storms and hail, per the updated Wild Weather Tracker statistics.

Evidently, the summer became a difficult season for many Australians, with nearly half witnessing extreme climatic conditions. Record-breaking heatwaves, powerful storms, and persistent cyclones made their mark. Homes were significantly affected, with 13,817 insurance claims made, of which the majority were connected to harsh weather phenomena stemming from heated, moist air masses leading to torrential rains and catastrophic hail.

As the seasons transition, NRMA Insurance anticipates the incidence of intense thunderstorms equipped with considerable hail, torrential downpours, and fierce gales targeting the east coast. Metereologist Zac Segger from NRMA Insurance notes the heightened susceptibility of areas in southeast Queensland, eastern New South Wales, and eastern Victoria to these formidable weather patterns.

Segger highlighted the sudden and sometimes catastrophic emergence of wild weather, emphasizing the substantial damage it can impart in a remarkably short span of time. High-impact summer events included the likes of Cyclone Jasper and various subsequent storms and heatwaves, alongside bushfires primarily in Western Australia, marking Perth’s third hottest recorded summer season.

Natalie Major, EM Claims from NRMA Insurance, points to a study encompassing 3500 Australians, revealing that a mere 40% took preemptive actions to secure their homes against extreme weather episodes in the previous year. She stresses the importance of proactive measures such as clearing debris, cleaning gutters, pruning trees, and executing vital repairs to enhance resilience against severe climate events.

The wild summer weather instigated a sharp rise in claims within New South Wales for NRMA Insurance, soaring from spring's 3200 to 11,213, with 59% linked to severe weather impacts. The Hunter Valley, Central West, Baulkham Hills, Sydney, and Hawkesbury were among the predominantly affected zones.

Queensland too bore its share of adverse weather, reflected by a substantial hike in claims to 5110 from the preceding 383 in spring, with the Gold Coast facing the brunt, accompanied by Logan-Beaudesert and Wide Bay regions.

In the Australian Capital Territory, the numbers were equally telling, with claims amounting to 1954 related to home and motor issues caused by harsh weather, a dramatic upturn from the prior spring's 188.

Both individuals and communities are impelled to remain vigilant and prepared as these climate trends and patterns evolve, reinforcing the necessary precautions to mitigate damage and ensure safety.

Published:Wednesday, 27th Mar 2024
Source: Paige Estritori

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