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Is climate change making tornadoes worse?

FM Global probes twisters and their impact in a new white paper

LONDON, UK—Risk and damage to property from tornadoes continues to increase in the United States as concern intensifies around climate change’s effect on severe weather. The climate’s influence on twisters is especially elusive to scientists, as is data around how tornadoes rip apart buildings. These are among the hot topics some of the world’s leading climate scientists explore in a new white paper from FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial and industrial property insurers.

The white paper, ‘Defy the Twister: Tornado Resilience in the Age of Climate Change’ provides readers with the latest insights on:

  • How climate change might fuel–or diminish–tornado formation in years to come
  • Tornado “outbreaks”
  • The unpredictable forces twisters impose on buildings
  • Evolving research by FM Global
  • How new wind tunnels will help clarify the hazard
  • Solutions for protecting business property

About 1,000 tornadoes occur each year in the United States and cause significant property damage. In 2011, a year with hundreds of outbreaks of tornadoes, insurance industry losses related to tornadoes exceeded US$14 billion.

Download the white paper.