Ohio Director Urges Residents to Inspect for Wind Storm Damage

September 16, 2008

The Ohio Department of Insurance is advising residents to move quickly to check for storm damage to homes and vehicles.

Insurance Director Mary Jo Hudson says if your property was hurt by high winds on Sept. 14, take notes and photographs, and contact your insurance company as soon as you can.

The Ohio Insurance Institute says a standard homeowners, renters or auto insurance policy will cover much of the damage from wind gusts, falling trees and flying debris.

However, the industry group says insurance typically won’t pay to replace trees. And, you normally won’t be compensated for food that spoils in a power outage, unless you purchased special “refrigerated property coverage.”

Remnants of Hurricane Ike whipped Ohio with winds of up to 78 mph.

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