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Hurricane Irma claims top $5.5 billion

Potential insured losses in Florida from Hurricane Irma have surpassed $5.5 billion, according to the state Office of Insurance Regulation.

As of Friday, 795,970 claims had been filed, worth an estimated $5.567 billion.

The numbers are up from 772,934 claims and $5.3 billion in potential losses a week earlier. Hurricane Irma made landfall Sept. 10 in Monroe County and Collier County before pounding through much of the state. Two-thirds of the claims are from homeowners. The top counties for claims are, in order: Miami-Dade, Broward, Orange, Lee and Collier.

One of every eight claims has come from Miami-Dade County.

The Office of Insurance Regulation, which doesn’t provide a breakdown of the claims by insurer, is updating the numbers once a week.

Just over 28.5 percent of the claims had been settled with payments. Nearly 20 percent of the claims had been closed without payment.

Republished with permission of the News Service of Florida.

The News Service of Florida provides journalists, lobbyists, government officials and other civic leaders with comprehensive, objective information about the activities of state government year-round.

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