Large storms that struck South Carolina causing severe damage in the state on May 26 have led to a large number of insurance claims being filed by customers in the state.
Illinois-based State Farm Insurance said that it had handled 7,450 insurance claims throughout South Carolina as a result of damage done from the storm system, which produced large amounts of hail and strong winds.
The state had only 5,360 claims from wind and hail storms in all of 2013.
“They're still coming in. It's impossible to predict how many claims will be made,” State Farm insurance spokesman Justin Tomczak told South Carolina paper the Spartanburg Herald Journal.
According to data from the weather service office in Greenville-Spartanburg, 3-inch hailstones fell in Union County and 2.5-inch hailstones fell in Spartanburg County causing extensive damage to vehicles, houses and commercial properties.
Local media oulets in the state are now reporting that several insurance agencies have set up mobile claims centres in areas most impacted by the storm to handle the influx in claim adjustments.
Hail can often be one of the most damaging aspects of severe weather especially when the hailstones themselves are particularly large.
“Usually hail sizes greater than a quarter inch are capable of damaging a windshield. There could be some property damage,” James Oh, National Weather Service meteorologist told the Spartanburg Herald Journal. “Hail up to the size of tennis balls is catastrophic.
“Somebody hit by that could be critical. It was a pretty hectic event.”
South Carolina’s state department of insurance has now issued an emergency declaration allowing insurance agencies to set up temporary locations to expedite the evaluations and resolutions of claims.