MOORE, Okla. - Insurance payouts from May's string of devastating tornadoes have now topped $1 billion in the state, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak confirmed Tuesday.
"These numbers are staggering ... we expected to see these amounts and they continue to go up every week," he said. "This is a major catastrophe that's impacted thousands of Oklahomans."
Nearly 91,000 Oklahoma residents have filed claims since May 19, and the Oklahoma Insurance Department is hosting a "recovery assistance event" from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 17 at Southmoore High School to help alleviate further issues.
Doak has requested representatives from every major insurance company, as well as officials with Oklahoma Emergency Management, FEMA and Moore and Oklahoma City, attend the forum.
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The Oklahoma Medical Examiner announced Monday that 90-year-old woman Kathryn Began, seriously injured in Moore's May 20 tornado, had become the storm's 25th victim.
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