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Insurers estimate Jefferson City tornado did $139M in damage

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Posted at 3:35 PM, Jul 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-11 16:35:07-04

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri's insurance department says insured losses from tornadoes that struck the state this year are estimated to hit at least $139 million.

The state Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration on Thursday released claim data provided by insurance carriers on damage caused by the May tornadoes. It shows close to $54 million has been paid out by insurance companies statewide as of the end of June.

[GALLERY: Extensive tornado damage in Jeff City]

One tornado began near Eldon in Miller County, traveled through central Missouri and tore through the state capital of Jefferson City.

The storm did widespread damage throughout the state., causing three deaths in Golden City, Missouri.

A Jefferson City man also died from injuries sustained during the tornado.

A report released jointly by Jefferson City and Cole County says the tornado damaged 516 residential buildings, 82 commercial buildings and 30 government buildings in the capital area.