Insured land losses from Hurricane Delta will be close to $ 1.25 billion, says Boston-based disaster models Karen Clark & Co. in a statement Tuesday.
The estimate includes $ 950 million in wind and storm losses under the United States and $ 300 million in wind losses in Mexico due to privately insured damage to homes, commercial and industrial properties and cars, KCC said.
The figure does not include losses or losses from the National Flood Insurance Program to any offshore assets, nor any potential effects on losses due to COVID-19, KCC said.
Orkandelta made two landfalls, the first near Puerto Morelos, Mexico, with winds of 110 mph and the second near Creole, Louisiana, with 1
Delta's landfall in the United States in southwestern Louisiana was just over 200 miles from Hurricane Laura landed six weeks earlier.  The delta caused strong winds that caused moderate damage to many of the same communities that are still recovering in addition to other cities such as Abbeville, Crowley and Intracoastal City that were not as much affected by Laura, KCC said.
Window openings, roofs and building facades were damaged in an area from Lake Charles to Abbeville and inland to Opelousas. Structural damage in this area was limited to light structures, such as warehouses and gas station pavilions, older structures and buildings affected by fallen trees, KCC said.
Lake Charles – the city most affected by Hurricane Laura – also saw strong winds. from Delta and many roofs awaiting repairs had tarps blown off, likely causing further damage to these buildings, KCC said. Other properties in the area were also damaged.
Light wind damage was widespread throughout Louisiana, including Baton Rouge and Lafayette, the KCC said. More than 700,000 customers in affected areas of Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi lost power due to the storm.
Delta was the 10th named storm to land in the United States this year – most since 1916 – and the 25th named storm in the North 2020 Hurricane season in the Atlantic.
Estimates were based on the high resolution KCC reference models in the United States and Mexico.