Polar Vortex 2014



Polar Vortex 2014 – Major Snow Storm, Hard Freeze, and Blizzard in Central and Northeast US Impacts Power Grid and Transportation


A major snow and freeze event on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (January 6-8) in the Central and Northeast US dropped up to 3 feet of snow in a corridor that began in the Midwest and ended in the Canadian Maritimes. Property Claim Services issued Catastrophe Advisory No 32 covering January 5 – 8. Winds peaked at 65 mph and created blizzard conditions in some areas. Authorities reported at least 21 cold-related deaths across the country since Sunday. With the bitter cold slowing baggage handling and aircraft refueling, airlines canceled more than 2,000 flights in the U.S., bringing the four-day total to more than 11,000. Preliminary loss reports reflect widespread and significant damage caused by water pipes freezing and bursting; many businesses were unable to open on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

McLarens has an adjusting team located in the New York metropolitan area on standby, as well as other teams available in New England and the Midwest. Enquiries and loss instructions may be placed with your regular McLarens contact, or with the designated event contacts below.

Event Contacts:

George Wasielke | McLarens

Branch Manager, Principal Coordinator

+1 (212) 908-3419 | direct
+1 (631) 235-8830 | mobile/cell
Andrew Ballard | McLarens

London Liaison

+44 (0)20 7977 4788 | direct
+44 (0)7545439380 | mobile/cell




Steve Whitmarsh | McLarens

Western Region Manager