Michael Newman

Michael Newman Senior Director, Law and Public Policy Prior to joining IBHS in 2020, Michael worked for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where his legal and public policy experience included cybersecurity, natural hazard risk, climate change, mitigation, and insurance regulation. Michael earned a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia University School of Law and a…

Hurricane Michael Research – Members-Only Assets

Research Hurricane Michael made landfall on October 10, 2018, near Panama City, Florida, with sustained winds of approximately 160 mph. Winds speeds of such magnitude are enough to collapse structures and cause major damage. Maximum wind speeds near the landfall area were at or above the state’s current design standards, significantly testing building construction in the Florida Panhandle.  Post-event observations reinforced the concept that typical building…

Cullman Hailstone

Believed to be the largest hailstone ever to have fallen in Alabama, and one of the three largest ever documented east of the Mississippi river. At 5⅜ inches (13.665 cm) at its largest measurement and approximately 0.6125 or ⅝ of a pound, its total volume was approximately 20 cubic inches. The hailstone fell during a…

Hurricane Florence Research – Members-Only Assets

Research On September 14, 2018, Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, with sustained winds of 90 mph. Florence moved slowly inland with heavy rain and tropical storm conditions extending over a large area. On September 24–27, the IBHS Post‐Disaster Investigation Team deployed to assess residences along the North Carolina coast from Wrightsville…