FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
Insurance claims in Florida from Hurricane Matthew have reached $549 million, according to numbers posted Monday by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation.
The majority of the claims are from residential property owners. The latest figures also show a slowdown in new claims being filed.
As of Oct. 24, 91,212 claims had been filed, up from 75,000 a week earlier. Projected damages stood at $454 million a week ago.
Hurricane Matthew ran up the East Coast this month. So far, 25.7 percent of the claims – 23,396 – have been closed, with less than half of those cases –10,859 – being approved for payments.
Volusia County had the highest number of claims filed, with 26,664. That’s 4,420 more than a week earlier.
Another 14,860 claims had been filed in Duval County, 11,629 in Brevard County and 9,688 in St. Johns County.