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Claims News Service, Nov. 7, 01:05 p.m. EST — Pummeled by Hurricane Katrina and six other natural catastrophes in the third quarter, U.S. property/casualty insurers paid an all-time record $40.8 billion to homeowners and businesses for insured property losses in 14 states, according to preliminary estimates by ISO’s Property Claim Services (PCS) unit. The loss tally already makes 2005 the costliest year for catastrophe damage.

The quarter’s catastrophe losses compare with the $23.7 billion loss in third-quarter 2004 — the industry’s previous worst third quarter — and $3.7 billion in third-quarter 2003.

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