Insurance companies flooded with claims in the wake of recent storms in the Sunshine State. New data from State Farm shows insurance claims due to tornadoes and high winds jumped from 4,431 in 2015 to 6,756 in 2016. The numbers have steadily increased from 2,396 in 2013.
Michal Brower with State Farm says although reports come in from all over the Sunshine State, the highest number of reported claims come from the panhandle, specifically, in Leon County.
She says the two most recent tornadoes that touched down in South Florida should serve as a reminder to Floridians to always be prepared. Brower says those affected those storms need to start the claim process as soon as possible by following these recommendations:
- Take pictures of the all damaged property and keep copies of everything.
- Remove debris and place it on the ground.
- Do NOT throw out any of the damaged property unless authorized by insurance agent.
- Never sign any paperwork without reading and understanding its contents.
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