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Insurance agencies tally up Memorial Day weekend storm damage

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Hail from Friday's storm in the Upstate. (Source: iWitness) Hail from Friday's storm in the Upstate. (Source: iWitness)

Severe weather over Memorial Day weekend resulted in more than 7,000 insurance claims for one insurance agency in South Carolina.

Justin Tomczak with State Farm Insurance said the amount of claims they received from weekend storm damage was 2,000 more claims than they had for similar damage over the whole year of 2013.

According to Tomczak, in 2013 the state had more than 5,300 claims for wind and hail damage.

He said the high winds from storms are not just an issue on the coast and cause millions of dollars in property damage each year. He said roofs are frequently damaged in the storms.

State Farm suggested the following tips for keeping yourself and your property safe during hail storms:

•    If you are indoors when a storm with large hailstones strikes, stay there. Because hail can shatter windows, close your drapes, blinds or window shades to prevent the wind from blowing broken glass inside. Stay away from skylights and doors.

•    If weather conditions are prime for hail storms, pull cars, boats, RVs, lawn and patio furniture into a covered area.

•    Good tree pruning can prevent many problems. Prompt removal of diseased, damaged or dead plant parts helps reduce the possibility of future storm damage.

•    When building or remodeling, consider impact-resistant roofing to reduce hail damage to your home. State Farm currently offers insurance premium discounts to homes with qualifying impact-resistant roofing products in 26 states and one Canadian province.

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