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Insurers are beginning to size up the extent of damage left in the wake of storms that produced dozens of tornadoes that struck several Central Plains states, hail that caused damage in Texas, and strong winds and lightning in Georgia.

Steve Witmer, spokesman for American Family Insurance in Madison, Wisc., says the insurer has “declared a catastrophe operation” in the La Crosse, Wisc. area, meaning additional resources are being sent in to deal with the expected influx of property-insurance claims from wind and hail.

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