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Although it adds to the burden for a region still recovering from the 2005 hurricane season, a tornado that swept through part of New Orleans on Tuesday will likely be only a minor blip on the radar for insurers, according to the Insurance Information Institute.

Loretta Worters, a spokesperson for the Institute, said the final extent of damages is not yet known, but she speculated that the storms would constitute a relatively minor event in terms of losses. The tornados, she noted, damaged “maybe a dozen or two homes and a few businesses, some severely.”

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