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Another Round of Killer Tornadoes Pummel Oklahoma, Midwest

There has been no respite from severe weather in the nation’s midsection, as Oklahoma City and St. Louis were pummeled by tornadoes, flooding and straight-line winds on Friday, May 31, which killed 13 and injured hundreds...
June 5, 2013

There has been no respite from severe weather in the nation’s midsection, as Oklahoma City and St. Louis were pummeled by tornadoes, flooding and straight-line winds on Friday, May 31, which killed 13 and injured hundreds. According to Aon Benfield, this may become the third billion-dollar natural disaster of the year since an outbreak of severe weather began in the region on May 26.

All of Friday’s tornado fatalities occurred in Oklahoma. Multiple twisters, some a mile wide or larger and baseball-sized hail caused severe damage, mostly in El Reno, where five people were killed, including three professional storm chasers from The Weather Channel.

Estimates are not yet available for losses from the latest round of storms. Previously, Risk Management Solutions Inc. (RMS) estimated that the tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma on May 20 caused between $2 billion and $3.5 billion in losses.

“Serving our customers at their time of loss is our most important job, one that every Professional Insurance Agent takes very seriously,” said PIA National President Andy Harris after the Moore tornadoes. “It is the bond that seals the relationship with our clients so strongly. No virtual icon or voice from across the sea can substitute for the face to face compassionate attention that your local agent can provide at the time of your greatest need.”

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