Two men walk through rushing water on Front Street, just a half block from the Bering Sea, in Nome, Alaska, on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. Much of Alaska's western coast could see flooding and high winds as the remnants of Typhoon Merbok moved into the Bering Sea region. The National Weather Service says some locations could experience the worst coastal flooding in 50 years. Photo: Peggy Fagerstrom/AP Secondary perils, such as wildfires and severe storms, have been accounting for more losses. Verisk reports that severe thunderstorms, for example, have been increasingly contributing to global average losses during the past five years. Thunderstorms are now the largest contributing peril to global modeled average annual losses. (Credit: Peggy Fagerstrom/AP)

On an average annual basis, insured losses stemming from extreme weather events are expected to reach around $123 billion globally, according to Verisk’s 2022 Global Modeled Catastrophe Losses report. During the past 10 years, the annual average in actual losses was $74 billion.

The biggest drivers of the growth in catastrophe losses during recent years have been an increase in exposure values and replacement costs, according to Bill Churney, president of Verisk Extreme Event Solutions.

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