Stormy Weather

It has been the worst hurricane year on record. But for all the tragedy, 1995's storms haven't cost insurers much; not one hurricane dents the top ten. Why? While pummeling the Caribbean, the 'canes have largely spared the more heavily insured U.S. mainland. These days, as Andrew proved in 1992, hurricanes hitting the U.S. wreak billions in damages much faster. The reason: Sunbelt migration has fed heavy, often flimsy construction in 'cane country.

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