OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Insurance Department says nearly 71,000 insurance claims have been filed after central Oklahoma was raked by a series of violent tornadoes last month.
Insurance Commissioner John Doak says insurance payments from the storms have topped $560 million.
Doak announced plans Tuesday to hold a series of weekly forums for storm victims to allow those impacted by the storms to ask questions and receive assistance with insurance-related issues.
Department experts will discuss how to file a claim, what to do if a claim is denied, how to file a complaint and how to spot fraud, among other concerns.
Two of last month's tornadoes were top-of-the-scale EF5s. A storm May 20 at Moore had 210 mph winds, and one at El Reno 11 days later had 295 mph winds.
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