(Bloomberg) -- Mother Nature took a toll on BerkshireHathaway Inc. in the third quarter.

Natural disasters including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Mariahit Warren Buffett’s insurance-focused conglomerate hard, draggingdown earnings by almost $2 billion and overshadowing positiveresults elsewhere.

A surge in insurance claims led to the third consecutivequarterly underwriting loss, putting Berkshire on track to have anannual loss by that measure for the first time since 2002.

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