After Irma: Insurer Citizens expects 125,000 claims

State-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. has received nearly 16,000 claims by Thursday morning and expects perhaps 125,000 from Hurricane Irma, a spokesman said.

Citizens president Barry Gilway defended a proposed rate hike in a hearing in North Miami in August.

That’s around one in four customers of the state’s No. 2 insurer. The company could announce as early as Friday mobile operations centers in South Florida to help people process claims.

Most claims so far are coming from Monroe, Miami-Dade and Broward counties as well as southwest Florida, officials said.

State officials did not immediately have a statewide number for claims filed.

Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier said in advance of the storm, “Consumer protection is our number one priority as Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida. The Office is dedicated to constantly monitoring the financial health of insurers, and in the coming days, we will be available around the clock to address any insurer issues.”

 

 

 

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