AonBenfield's catastrophe model development team reports thatan extremely active period for severe weather persisted in the United Statesthroughout March, as four separate significant outbreaks led toextensive damage in central and eastern parts of the country.

The most prolific outbreak from March 6-10 resulted in major damage from tornadoes, large hail andstraight-line winds in the Plains, Midwest and Southeast. Totaleconomic losses for this event alone were estimated at $1.7billion, while public and private insurance claims were listed at$1.2 billion.

The aggregated cost to the insurance industry from the fourevents was expected to exceed $2.0 billion.

Above-average number of storms

Through the first quarter of 2017, the U.S. has seen anabove-average number of storm reports.

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