There are more than a few things, like oil, that do not mix wellwith water.

Topping that list for this summer are motor vehicles, which is acostly reality for vehicle owners and insurers after thedeluge-heavy hurricanes that have targeted the coastal UnitedStates.

Water-damaged cars

Once Hurricane Harvey abated it was clear vehicle salvage numbers would jump in greaterTexas. With car ownership in Houston running at about 1.8 vehiclesper household and a population of nearly 7 million people,thousands of private, commercial and dealer-owned vehicles havebeen exposed to water inundation, according to recent Wired magazine coverage.

Salvage numbers for Florida after Hurricane Irma should fallwell short of Houston’s toll simply because hypervigilant publicauthorities, supported by 24-hour media coverage, kept most driversoff the roadways during Irma’s landfall. Even so, vehicle claimswill bump up in the Southeastern U.S. as well. Hurricane Maria’svehicle claims in Puerto Rico are as yet to be determined becausethe damage has been so pervasive.

Typical outcome of catastrophic storms

Although these were dreadful events experienced by millions ofpeople, their watery consequences for property like motor vehiclesare typical for catastrophic storms. However, even the desert Westis not immune to the inimical power of water.

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