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Hurricane Matthew insurance claims climb to $606 million

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Hurricane Matthew-related insurance claims have surpassed 100,000, with losses valued at $606 million.

According to information posted on the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation website Monday morning, the total claims filed as of Friday totaled 100,589. They included 85,473 residential property claims; 4,872 for commercial property; and 4,245 involving federal and private flood insurance.

Claims still pending totaled 57,605.

Volusia County accounted for the most claims, at 29,094. Next came Duval County, at 16,205; Brevard at 12,899; and St. Johns at 10,518.

In Central Florida, Orange County reported 4,688; Seminole County, 3,015; and Osceola County, 620.

In the Tampa Bay region, Hillsborough County reported 192 claims; Pinellas, 76; and Pasco, 75.

Additional counties reporting large numbers of claims included Flagler, with 6,774; Clay, with 2,394; St. Lucie, with 2,068; Indian River, with 1,794; Nassau, with 1,587; and Palm Beach, with 1,347.

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Michael Moline is a former assistant managing editor of The National Law Journal and managing editor of the San Francisco Daily Journal. Previously, he reported on politics and the courts in Tallahassee for United Press International. He is a graduate of Florida State University, where he served as editor of the Florida Flambeau. His family’s roots in Jackson County date back many generations.

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