Missouri in top 5 of hail damage claims across U.S. in 2014
COLUMBIA - As Missouri enters storm season in 2015, numbers show expensive damages from last year's systems.
Missouri had the fourth most hail damage claims of any state in the U.S. in 2014, according to statistics released from State Farm on Thursday.
Hail damage to homes and cars cost company policyholders across the U.S. roughly $2.4 billion last year.
"I knew we had a lot of storms last year, but didn't realize the amount of hail," said State Farm Spokesperson Jim Camoriano. "I didn't realize we were going to be in the top five."
In 2013, Missouri was only 14th in the U.S. with 7,686 claims. That number tripled in 2014.
Camoriano said insurance rates shouldn't see any spike after one year of bad storms, but could potentially increase gradually if Missouri is hit with bad weather for several years in a row.
"A lot of factors go into that," Camoriano said. "This one year of storms is not going to adjust rates."
Camoriano said that, while some luck is involved, Missourians can take steps to ensure their houses and vehicles are kept safe from any damages.
"If the word gets out quickly we advise people to shelter their vehicles and patio furniture," said Camoriano. "But, once hail hits an area, it doesn't discriminate. It hits everybody."
He asaid the best way Missourians can prevent hail damages at home is by getting impact resistant roofing.