New research suggests that severe weather risk extends far outside Tornado Alley, the narrow corridor from Nebraska to Texas. Following a record-breaking year of weather related disasters in 2011, CoreLogic’s “Tornado and Hail Risk Beyond Tornado Alley” report provides insurers additional insight into the true extent of tornado and hail risk in the United States.

“We’re seeing an expansion of risk into Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Arkansas and Louisana,” said Thomas Jeffrey, senior hazard scientist at Corelogic. “There are areas of tornadic activity outside of Tornado Alley but they don’t get as much media attention. Insurers must expand their concept and be proactive about looking at these areas.”

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