NU Online News Service, Jan. 23, 2:59 p.m. EST
Insurers in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi are bracing for a flurry of claims, many of them for severe damage, following thunderstorms and tornadoes over the weekend.
State Farm says the majority of its claims thus far are in Alabama, in the cities of Birmingham, Trussville, Center Point, Pinson and Bessemer.
Company spokesman Justin Tomczak says claims teams have been deployed, with more resources headed in from other states.
He says 400 claims have been received as of the afternoon of Jan. 23 and more than 120 are considered severe damage.
State Farm has also received 120 auto claims, Tomczak adds.
Jeff Helms, spokesman for Alfa Insurance, says the company’s claims call were “fairly heavy” after the thunderstorms crossed the state early morning Jan. 23.
Strong winds downed trees and power lines. Two people are confirmed dead and hundreds are injured, according to reports.
Alfa is headquartered in Montgomery, Ala. so it has the resources in the states, says Helms. The company has 240 service centers and 2,000 employees in Alabama. One of two mobile response units was on its way to Birmingham early Jan. 23 and the insurer was deciding where the other needs to go.
Helms says he did not know how severe the claims coming in are.
“It’s very early,” he says. “We’re still getting a grasp but we are seeing them come in regularly.”