Oklahoma drops significantly in states with most hail claims
State Farm has released the top 10 states in the country with the most hail damage claims in 2014. Thankfully, Oklahoma has dropped out of the top 10, down to number 14.
According to a press release from the insurance company, hail is the most frequent cause of property damage, costing State Farm policyholders more than $2.4 billion in 2014.
The Top 10 States for State Farm Hail Claims (Home and Auto) in 2014
- Texas 51,193 claims
- Illinois 43,821 claims
- Colorado 42,365 claims
- Missouri 23,019 claims
- Nebraska 21,326 claims
- South Carolina 20,170 claims
- Pennsylvania 19,088 claims
- Iowa 12,869 claims
- South Dakota 12,367 claims
- Kansas 11,562 claims
- Oklahoma 8,089 claims (Oklahoma was No. 2 in 2013, with 33,790 claims)
Missouri, now number four on the list, was number 14 in 2013, with 7,686 claims; that’s still almost as much as Oklahoma’s total for 2014.
“While last year was much quieter on the hail front, Oklahomans know all too well the rumbling under their feet with recent earthquakes and the ongoing threat of tornadoes,” State Farm spokesperson Jim Camoriano said. “State Farm stands ready to help customers, no matter what nature throws at us this year. We encourage people to visit with their insurance agent to discuss different types of weather and events that could affect their property.”
Though you can’t stop hail from falling, there are measures you can take to protect your home, car, and family from hail damage.
- Stay inside during hail storms, closing blinds and window shades to reduce amounts of glass blown inside
- Good tree pruning can prevent many problems associated with a hail storm. Prompt removal of diseased, damaged, or dead plant parts helps reduce the possibility of future storm damage.
- Plan ahead. If a storm is forecast, park your car in a garage or carport. If you don’t have a covered parking spot, consider a specially designed car cover to minimize vehicle damage.
- Avoid parking under trees during a severe storm, as branches could fall on your vehicle.
- If you have to leave your car outside, cover it with a thick blanket to minimize hail impact.