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Joplin Tornado Claims Could Top $2 Billion

A mini-van lies on top of a house in a Joplin neighborhood a day after the May 2011 tornado.

Joplin Tornado Claims Could Top $2 Billion

By Jason Rima. CREATED Jan 10, 2013

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - State regulators say insurance claims from the May 2011 Joplin tornado are likely to reach $2 billion.

The tornado killed 161 people, injured hundreds of others and damaged or destroyed thousands of homes and businesses.

The Joplin Globe reports that as of October 31, insurance companies had paid out $1.65 billion on 19,870 private and commercial claims.

John M. Huff, director of the state's insurance registration department, said Wednesday he expects the claims to reach around $2 billion.

Huff says the department is no longer requiring monthly reports on claims submitted and paid by the state's insurance companies.

But he says the department continues to monitor the situation to be sure claims are being handled in a timely way.

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Anchor and Reporter for KTTS News since 1997. Jason provides the Ozarks with the morning Go-Patrol traffic report