April 28 Storms Led To $38.2 Million In Insurance Claims

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - Storms that swept across Ohio on April 28, including a tornado that caused a five-mile swath of damage near Canton, have led to $38.2 million in insurance claims.

The industry-supported Ohio Insurance Institute surveyed 34 insurers representing nearly 81 percent of the homeowner insurance market in Ohio, including the 10 top home and car insurers in the state.

They reported about 13,960 claims, according to the institute, which said on Tuesday that it expected more claims.

State Farm Insurance Cos. reported 3,250 claims for an estimated $15 million, Nationwide Insurance had 2,406 claims for $1.2 million and Grange Insurance had 2,250 claims for $6.5 million.

The storm system blew off roofs, destroyed more than 200 houses and knocked out power to thousands of homes. A few minor injuries were reported.

Gov. Bob Taft declared a state of emergency in Stark County, which includes Jackson Township, the hardest hit community.

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