Winter storm damage estimates come in at $15M and climbing

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - South Carolina insurers expect this week's dual-punch ice and snow storm to cost about $15 million, according to preliminary estimates from the South Carolina Insurance News Service.

So far, insurers say they've received more than 2,000 claims on homes damages by falling tree limbs. They expect about 1,200 automobile claims.

On the whole, insurance officials say this is he most significant event in the last 10 years.

The bulls-eye of the storm appeared to be within the are of Orangeburg, Sumter, Aiken, Bamberg, and Barnwell counties.

Thousands remain without power in those areas.

Exact dollar amounts will not be tallied until all claims are settled, but they do expect the dollar estimate to increase.

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