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Hurricane Michael insurance claims keep growing

As of Friday, insurers had reported 125,356 claims, with estimated insured losses of $3.43 billion.
Aerial view of Mexico Beach, Florida, one week after Hurricane Michael devastated the area leaving tens of thousands without shelter, power and food. MATIAS J. OCNER mocner@miamiherald.com
Published Nov. 21, 2018

More than a month after Hurricane Michael barreled through parts of Northwest Florida, insurance claims have topped 125,000, according to numbers posted online by the state Office of Insurance Regulation.

As of Friday, insurers had reported 125,356 claims, with estimated insured losses of $3.43 billion. The bulk of the claims, 85,017, involved damage to residential property. Overall, 55.3 percent of claims had been closed.

The largest number of claims was in Bay County, which had 75,412 as of Friday.

Bay was followed by Jackson County, with 12,605 claims; Leon County, with 8,661 claims; Gulf County, with 7,231 claims; Gadsden County, with 5,255 claims; and Calhoun County, with 3,754 claims.

Hurricane Michael made landfall Oct. 10 as a Category 4 storm in Mexico Beach in southeastern Bay County and then continued north into Georgia.

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