The numbers are in, and the “winner” in the “who had more damage from Hurricane Irene” contest is Suffolk County, NY, at least if you’re measuring by the total amount of insured property loss.
Overall, the three states that saw the most damage to insured property (topping $500 million) were New Jersey, New York, and North Carolina, with Virginia and Maryland rounding out the top five.
This information comes from an insurance data provider, Verisk Analytics, and was released on Monday, however, the Verisk cautions that while the numbers are fairly solid, technically, they’re still just an estimate.
In total 191 counties in states along the eastern seaboard saw damage from Hurricane Irene, including Vermont, which doesn’t even have a coastline.
Not surprisingly, many of the people who suffered property damage did not have wind or flood insurance as part of their homeowners coverage – these must be purchased separately.