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Haag’s Storm Reports: Accurate, Reliable Weather Event Data for Insurance & Legal Professionals

Haag’s Storm REPORTS Portal: Accurate, Reliable Weather Data for Insurance and Legal Professionals According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2023 produced an unprecedented number of billion-dollar disasters – 28 in total – across the United States. This is the highest number of billion-dollar disasters in the U.S. on record. In the first six months alone, 12 individual billion-dollar weather and climate disasters devastated parts of the nation. These 28 events from 2023 included 17 severe weather/hail events and two tornado outbreaks. According to NOAA’s billion-dollar disaster record dating back to 1980, the U.S. has sustained 376 separate weather and climate disasters exceeding a cumulative cost of $2.660 trillion. As homes and properties are increasingly affected by severe weather, access to reliable information about these events is critical. NOAA and several other agencies meticulously track these events and have incredible amounts of data available to users. But which

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Haag 100 Year Anniversary - A century of forensic innovation

Expert Spotlight: Ahmad Elhajj, PE – Forensic Engineer in Baltimore, MD

Ahmad Elhajj: Expert Forensic Engineer in Baltimore, MD Ahmad Elhajj’s journey into the world of engineering was deeply influenced by his upbringing in refugee camps with deteriorating civil infrastructure. Witnessing firsthand the impact of poor construction, he was inspired to pursue a career where he could make a significant difference. His passion for evaluating building failures has been a driving force throughout his career, providing him with a sense of fulfillment and purpose. One of his most challenging projects involved constructing a road through Tyre, using locally sourced materials to create a durable concrete matrix without the benefit of established codes or standards. This project stands as a testament to his resourcefulness and commitment to improving infrastructure in resource-limited communities. To stay abreast of the latest developments in forensic engineering, Ahmad relies on esteemed publications like Structure Magazine and regularly attends conferences hosted by the Structural Engineering Association and the

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Justin Kestner presenting at the SCL Conference in Montreal

Justin Kestner and Peter Billis present on lessons from Champlain towers collapse Principal Forensic Engineer and Senior Managing Partner, Justin Kestner, is presenting with attorney, Peter Billis, on the lessons learned from the Champlain Towers South Collapse. Beyond the engineering and construction lessons there were many unique aspects of ensuing litigation and legislation that could impact the industry for years to come. This presentation provides information about factors that led to the fatal collapse and delves into the ramifications going forward. Justin Kestner, P.E., MS, MBA, leads the Haag forensic team for Salas O’Brien. In addition to leading Haag, a Salas O’Brien Company, Justin provides forensic engineering consulting and expert witness services in cases involving roof and building envelope performance/damage, bridges, foundation-related issues, building collapses, storm damage, installation issues, alleged product defects, and more. Justin serves as a Senior Managing Principal at Salas O’Brien. For more information, visit the SCL NA

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