Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Hurricane Florence: Service Interruption Claims in North and South Carolina

As Hurricane Florence, now a Category 3 hurricane, with winds in excess of 120 mph, approaches the Carolinas, it is almost certain that there will be widespread and prolonged power outages throughout both states. This will inevitably lead to commercial insureds seeking coverage for business interruption losses arising from the disruption of power to their businesses. Whether these losses are covered will depend on the policy wording used and the specific facts of each loss. Nevertheless, in anticipation of these types of claims, it is prudent to become familiar with the outcomes of prior litigation arising out of service interruption coverage disputes. While there is a dearth of case law on this issue coming out of the courts of North Carolina and South Carolina, several decisions are instructive in evaluating claims arising from Hurricane Florence.