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Insurer ranks GA 3rd for most wind, hail claims

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State Farm released its list of the top states with thehighest amount of wind and hail storm claims.

Damage caused by wind and hail cost State Farm policyholdersmore than $3 billion in 2013.

The top 10 states with the most wind and hail State Farmclaims:

1. Texas 42,000 claims

2. Illinois 26,000 claims

3. Georgia 25,000 claims

4. Oklahoma 17,000 claims

5. Minnesota 15,000 claims

6. Indiana 15,000 claims

7. Louisiana 14,000 claims

8. Ohio 14,000 claims

9. Mississippi 13,000 claims

10.  Nebraska 12,000claims

State Farm offers these tips for preparing for storms thatpack wind and hail:

  • Roofs are frequently damaged in high wind and hail events.
  • If you are indoors when a storm with large hailstonesstrikes, stay there. Because hail can shatter windows, close your drapes,blinds or window shades to prevent the wind from blowing broken glass inside.Stay away from skylights and doors.
  • If weather conditions are prime for hail storms, pull cars,boats, RVs, lawn and patio furniture into a covered area.
  • Be sure to prune trees to remove diseased, damaged, or deadplant parts helps reduce the possibility of future storm damage.

State Farm offered these tips for tornadoes:

  • Head to the center of your home or basement, away fromwindows and preferably under something sturdy like a workbench or staircase orin a bathtub with a mattress over top of you.
  • Don't open windows. It won't save the house and may actuallymake things worse by giving wind and rain a greater chance of getting inside.
  • Closing interior doors will also help to compartmentalizethe structure and provide more barriers between you and the storm.
  • Don't try to ride out a tornado in a manufactured home. Evenmanufactured homes with tie-downs overturn in these storms because they havelight frames and offer winds a large surface area to push against.
  • Never try to outrun a tornado in a vehicle.
  • Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in alow, flat location.

To see State Farm's severe weather preparedness tips.

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