Floods, rain, hail and wind were the major drivers of damage anddestruction in August 2013, says Aon's latest global catastropherecap report.

Severe weather in the Midwest and the Plains early in the monthincluded baseball-sized hail and winds of more than 80 mph,contributing to conditions that caused insured losses in excess of$625 million. The states of Minnesota and Wisconsin, whichexperienced an EF-2 tornado, were the hardest-hit.

“Once assessments are fully complete, it is expected thataggregate U.S. insured losses from severe weather events in themonth of August will reach $1 billion,” says Steven Bowen, seniorscientist and meteorologist at Aon Benfield.

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