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Claims News Service Jan. 8, 2007 11:52 a.m. EST- Safeco reported approximately $30 million in pretax catastrophe losses due to the pacific northwest windstorm that ran through the Puget Sound area during the holiday season.

The company estimated the storm losses based on property value, knowledge of severity and reporting patterns from past storms, damage projections based on wind speed, and anticipated costs for a surge in demand for goods and labor to complete repairs.

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