Accounting and disclosure implications of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

In depth Sep 13, 2017

We discuss some of the accounting issues faced by companies affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.


On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane. The storm lingered over Texas and Louisiana for days producing over 50 inches of rain in some areas, resulting in widespread flooding and damage.

Hurricane Harvey may be the costliest weather disaster in US history, surpassing the $125 billion of losses sustained from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Many businesses in Texas have been disrupted, including approximately 20% of the US oil refining capacity.

On September 10, 2017, Hurricane Irma hit the Florida Keys as a Category 4 hurricane, weakening somewhat as it made landfall along Florida’s southwest shoreline. There has been widespread wind damage, flooding and power outages.

This In depth discusses the accounting and disclosure-related matters companies may encounter in dealing with the financial reporting implications of these natural disasters.

To have a deeper discussion, please contact:

Beth Paul

US Strategic Thought Leader, National Professional Services Group


Donald Doran

Partner, National Professional Services Group


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David Schmid
IFRS & US Standard Setting Leader, National Professional Services Group

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