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A string of natural disasters occurred during the month of January. Check out Aon Benfield's Global Catastrophe Recap report for a global snapshot. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Windstorms Friederike, Eleanor and Carmen inflicted damage across Western and Central Europe last month, killing at least 20 people, according to Aon Benfield’s Global Catastrophe Recap report for the month of January. The most significant was Windstorm Friederike which killed at least 13 people and unleashed hurricane-force wind gusts and heavy rainfall in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and the U.K.

Related: Winter storm Friederike’s insured losses near 2.6B euros, AIR Worldwide estimates

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