Having been hit by Hurricane Michael, the state of Florida is still reeling from the aftermath of this devastating tragedy. The county hit the hardest was Bay County, which has filed 81,736 claims as of Jan. 4, 2019, causing the state's total losses to reach $4.88 billion. These numbers mark an increase in the county's reporting of the damage: In the previous month, the number of claims was 79,178 with a state total of $4.3 billion.

Michael caused plenty of damage in the Panhandle; areas such as Panama City and Mexico Beach were hit harder others. In total, the hurricane was responsible for 136,873 claims. Fortunately, many of these claims have been dealt with. As of 4 Jan., 46,747 of Bay County's claims were closed, and the same goes for around 71 percent of all claims in Florida.

Aside from Bay County, there are several other counties that have reported on the damage wrought by Hurricane Michael. The second highest county in the state is Jackson County with 13,362 claims. Leon County has filed 9,319 claims, Gulf County has filed 7,801 claims, Gadsden County has filed 3,900 claims, Calhoun County has filed 3,900 claims, Franklin County has filed 2,220 claims, Wakulla County has filed 1,313 claims, and Liberty County has filed 1,106 claims.

As can be seen, there is a lot of rebuilding to be done in the wake of a hurricane. Consequently, people who have experienced a loss due to the storm may wish to seek an experienced lawyer. A lawyer may help them figure out if it is in their best interest to file a claim or help file an appeal if an insurance has denied the claim in bad faith.

Source: News Herald, "Rising Bay insurance claims push Florida losses over $4.8 billion", Patrick McCreless, Jan. 13, 2019

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