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Oklahoma tornado damage likely to exceed Joplin: commissioner
May 21, 2013 / 8:39 PM / 4 years ago

Oklahoma tornado damage likely to exceed Joplin: commissioner

MOORE, Oklahoma (Reuters) - The damage from Monday’s tornado in a suburb of Oklahoma City is likely to exceed that caused by the 2011 twister in Joplin, Missouri, that killed 161 people, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak said.

A damaged police car is seen after a tornado struck Moore, Oklahoma, May 20, 2013. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

In an interview with Reuters after touring the area, Doak said that losses were likely to be greater than in the Joplin storm, which he said caused about $3 billion in damage.

“This will likely exceed that,” Doak said.

The insured losses from Joplin exceeded $2 billion and are expected to rise as claims are settled.

(The story corrects death toll from Joplin tornado to 161)

Reporting by Carey Gillam; Editing by Gary Hill and Jim Loney

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