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Insurance claims begin to mount following Hurricane Matthew

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Hurricane Matthew has generated nearly 5,000 insurance claims involving losses of $21 million, state regulators said Monday.

They cautioned the results are preliminary, reflecting just three days of claims data — Friday through Sunday.

“As many displaced consumers return to their communities and homes to assess damage and initiate the claims process, these numbers will increase across the state in the days and weeks ahead,” the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation said in a written statement.

The office will post updates on its website.

Volusia County by far has registered the most claims thus far, at 1,399. Duval County was next, with 875, followed by Brevard with 842.

Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the state-owned insurer of last resort, said it has received 1,164 claims, plus 149 f0r which it had no policy in force — meaning coverage may have lapsed or shifted to a private carrier and the homeowner called the wrong insurer.

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