Georgia storm damage now at $50 million

ATLANTA -- Insurance Commissioner Ralph T. Hudgens is now estimating that insured losses across the state from Tuesday's severe weather has now reached an estimated $50 million.

At least seven people were killed, including three in Southwest Georgia, when the late-season line of thunderstorms roared through the area between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Hudgens also suggested that Georgians, who will be facing tropical storms over the next few months that are typically less organized than winter storms, inventory their possessions in preparation for a disaster.

His office has an app compatible with iPhones available at www.oci.ga.gov.

Hudgens also said Georgians can call his Consumer Services Division at 1-800-656-2298 if they have questions about a claim or if they are experiencing difficulty reaching their insurance company. Phone lines are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Mondays-Fridays.