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NEW YORK, June 20, 2016 — The number of homeowners insurance claims from lightning strikes in the United States fell in 2015; however, the total insurers paid on those claims rose by nearly 7 percent, according to a new analysis by the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.).
In fact, $790 million in lightning claims was paid out last year to nearly 100,000 policyholders. An analysis of homeowners insurance data by the I.I.I. and State Farm® found:
“The average cost per claim is volatile from year to year,” said James Lynch, FCAS MAAA, vice president of Information Services and chief actuary, “but it has generally continued to rise, in part because of the enormous increase in the number and value of consumer electronics including increasingly popular home automation systems.”
The drop in the number of claims is consistent with data from the National Weather Service, which recorded 334 events with property damage in 2015, down from 401 such events a year earlier. There were 135 days in 2015 in which lightning caused property damage, while 128 such days were recorded in 2014.