Hurricane Harvey, which hit the Texas coast on Friday night, devastated the city of Houston and may cause some $40 billion in property damage across the state. But recent innovations in the use of data analytics and related technologies have put insurance companies in a better position to assess and manage the consequences associated with catastrophic storms

“Five or six years ago, analytics was more of a modeling exercise,” notes Karen Furtado, a partner at the insurance consulting and advisory firm Strategy Meets Action. “Now it’s used in real time to evaluate risk.”

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