New York’s tally of vehicles damaged in superstorm Sandy has increased to 150,000, the most of any U.S. state, as the total number of cars battered in the October disaster rose to 250,000, an insurance-industry group said.
New Jersey followed with 60,000 damaged vehicles and Connecticut came in third with an estimated 8,000, the National Insurance Crime Bureau said in a statement.
Sandy damaged 20,000 more vehicles in New York than earlier estimated as insurers received additional claims, according to the report.
The storm struck the East Coast, killing more than 100 people and causing about $50 billion in damages.
“Sometimes weeks and weeks, months after an event, claims will continue to trickle in from areas that were really at the center of the storm,” said Frank Scafidi, a spokesman at the National Insurance Crime Bureau.
The storm has helped U.S. sales of new light vehicles in recent months as owners replace damaged cars, analysts say.