Storms cost states $66 million

Monday, April 13, 2009 5:55 PM
Last updated 7:50 PM
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State Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John W. Oxendine said this afternoon that violent weather that struck Georgia Friday caused an estimated $60 million in insured losses.

“That’s a preliminary figure from the insurance companies we’ve surveyed so far,” Mr. Oxendine said in a news release. “It’s quite possible that more claims will come in, causing the number to rise.”

The commissioner said the storms that raged across Georgia caused damage in the metro Atlanta area and many central Georgia counties.

In South Carolina, where at least one person died in an Aiken County tornado, damages were estimated at $6 million, according to the South Carolina Insurance News Service.

Nearly 2,000 insurance claims had been filed by this afternoon, and preliminary damage estimates were expected to rise, said Allison Dean Love of the news service.

"There may be people who are still filing claims," she said. "We'll have a better idea as to what the total figures are later this week."

South Carolina Electric and Gas reported that a few dozen of its customers in Aiken County were still without power today, but electricity had been restored to most of the 10,000 SCE&G customers and 13,000 Duke Energy customer who lost power over the weekend.


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