Insurers pay out $1.13 billion for Joplin tornado damage

Monday, November 28, 2011 | 10:38 a.m. CST

JOPLIN — Insurers have spent about $1.13 billion in claims tied to the Joplin tornado and payouts continue to grow.

The head of the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration said total insured losses could be $1.8 billion to $1.9 billion.

John Huff, insurance department director, called the tornado the "largest insurance event in Missouri history."

The Joplin Globe reported that the numbers don't reflect uninsured losses or properties that are underinsured. Officials have estimated that up to 40 percent of the residential dwellings in some neighborhoods in the tornado-damage zone lacked insurance or were underinsured.

The Joplin tornado damaged 7,500 residential dwellings.

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