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Insurance claims spike due to hail damage

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The majority of claims have been automobile damage, but Gwynn also noted that many residents have structural damage as well.


Responding to a question about the volume of calls coming into her office following Friday's storms, Christy Tarsh of Don Scott Insurance said "we have had tons."


Tarsh said the office had received more calls about cars being damaged than structures.


She said several claims had been filed for roof damage from hail and added many people may have roof damage but not know it. She advised that homeowners should check or have someone check their roofs for damage noting that damage to shingles is not always so obvious from the ground but would be if a closer inspection of the roof was made.


Farm Bureau Agent Hal Parrot repeated much of what others had said saying his office, too, has been covered up with calls and inquiries.


"This was a pretty intense storm," Parrot said, adding that there have been "pockets" of destruction reported across the county.


A lot of damage reports, according to Parrot, came from the eastern side of the county, and "I know in the Tuckers Crossroads area there was quite a bit of damage," he said.


"Look closely at your car, your home and other structures or possessions that might have been damaged by the hail," was the advice given by Rick Thorne of THW Insurance.


Thorne said too many times it is assumed that no damage has been sustained when upon closer inspection people find "small dimples" on their cars or indentions on vinyl siding.


Thorne said he would urge everyone to either look themselves or get a professional to look and make sure that they have not been the victim of damage caused by the hail storm.


Ive had everything from small dings on cars to holes in vinyl siding, Gwynn said.


State Farm Agent Clark Boyd said theyve had about 150 claims since the storm and noted all are hail damage-related. He said the most claims involve automobile damage but added people are inquiring about damage to their homes.


He said roofing companies are going around neighborhoods and advising people to check their roofs for damage. Boyd said to work with professionals you trust and have possibly used before when getting a company to inspect your homes roof.


I expect well continue to get more claims from this storm the rest of the week, Boyd said.


Chairman and Publisher Sam Hatcher may be contacted at shatcher@wilsonpost.com.


Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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