Hail caused $152 million in damage to Nebraska homes in 2017

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Hailstorms last year caused $152 million in damage for homeowners insured by State Farm in Nebraska and $96 million in Iowa, the insurance company said.

In the top 10 hail-damaged states last year, State Farm paid $2.42 billion in homeowner claims, mostly for roof damage, an average of $24 per person living in the 10 states. Nebraska ranked sixth, and Iowa ranked ninth.

Per-person claim payments were the highest in Nebraska at $81, State Farm said. Iowa’s claims averaged $31 per resident.

Hail damage followed a typical geographic distribution, stretching from Texas to Minnesota, a region where storms are generated by cold air from the north meeting warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said some areas average seven to nine hail days per year.

Besides damage to buildings, State Farm’s Nebraska customers also claimed $50 million in auto damage last year, or a total of $202 million for 23,000 claims. That’s up from $166 million for 17,500 claims in 2016.

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