Insurer: Connecticut Tops New England In Wind, Hail Claims

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Winter is done. The vernal equinox is upon us. And in the insurance world, that means tornadoes, thunderstorms, wind and hail.

State Farm said in a release that its policyholders were paid more than $3 billion last year for wind and hail claims. The vast majority of claims were in the Midwest, South and Southwest, but Connecticut had more claims than any other New England state.

Here are State Farm’s approximate number of claims for each state in New England:

  • Connecticut – 570
  • Maine – 220
  • New Hampshire  – 120
  • Vermont – 100
  • Massachusetts – 30
  • Rhode Island – 10

Not all wind claims are in the spring. Wind-and-hail claims can include winter-storm related wind damage, not to mention claims from hurricanes or tropical storms.  New Jersey and New York each had far more wind related claims — among State Farm customers — last year than all of the New England states combined. New Jersey had about 5,500 and New York had about 10,200.

Here are State Farms’ top states for wind – and hail claims:

  1. Texas               42,000 claims
  2. Illinois             26,000 claims
  3. Georgia            25,000 claims
  4. Oklahoma        17,000 claims
  5. Minnesota        15,000 claims
  6. Indiana             15,000 claims
  7. Louisiana         14,000 claims
  8. Ohio                 14,000 claims
  9. Mississippi      13,000 claims
  10. Nebraska          12,000 claims

For broader context, here is the cost of natural disasters last year as provided by the Insurance Information Institute:

NATURAL DISASTER LOSSES IN THE UNITED STATES,  2013

Source: The graphic above is from the Insurance Information Institute, which credits © 2014 Munich Re, NatCatSERVICE. As of January 2014.

About Matthew Sturdevant

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