Insurers will deal with 105,000 claims, says trade body

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has estimated that insurers expect to deal with a total of 105,000 claims and pay out £130m to policyholders whose homes, businesses and vehicles were damaged during last week’s St Jude storm.

ABI head of property Aidan Kerr said: “The storm was a significant event with some tragic consequences, but advance warning meant that people were well prepared and could take steps to minimise damage and disruption.”

“Violent weather like this is exactly what insurers expect to deal with during the year, and they will have mobilised claims teams to help customers recover as quickly as possible.”

The storm hit southern England and northern Europe on 27 and 28 October.

Significant damage was caused to some properties by fallen trees, smashed windows and fallen tiles.