To experience firsthand how the insurance industry is responding to the tornado that took out a large swath of Joplin, Mo. on May 22, PC360 went to Joplin and spent the day following agents and catastrophe claims reps from State Farm Insurance, which was the largest writer of personal lines in Missouri in 2010, with $1.1 billion in direct premiums, according to Highline Data.

As of June 1, nearly 17,000 claims have been filed by Joplin policyholders. The slideshow, which shows images from many different Joplin neighborhoods, gives a sense of the extent and intensity of the damage—and makes clear that many of those claims will be for homes and auto that are total losses.

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