Boston — Karen Clark & Co., an independent provider of catastrophe risk management services, announced the introduction of the KC Wind Damage Scale, a new tool for quickly assessing the likely insured damage from tropical cyclones.

The scale is designed to give insurance companies and others a measure of the probable wind damage to buildings, contents and business interruption caused by a tropical storm or hurricane. The scale ranges from KC 0, for a storm with winds less than 40 miles per hour and in which negligible insured damage would be expected, to KC 7, denoting a hurricane with winds in excess of 160 miles per hour, and in which all but engineered and highly fortified structures would likely suffer complete destruction. The scale provides a detailed damage description for each category.

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