Consumers affected by Hurricane Harvey aren't in for an easy financial recovery.
Harvey, the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years, has triggered unprecedented catastrophic flooding in Houston and other areas of southeastern Texas. On Monday, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center warned that Harvey (now a tropical storm) is expected to continue dumping rain on the area throughout the week, with advisories in effect for flooding and flash flood emergencies.
Insured losses from Harvey could be as much as $10 billion to $20 billion, putting it among the top 10 costliest hurricanes to hit the U.S., investment bank JPMorgan told clients Monday.
For Texans, handling the insurance aspects probably isn't top of mind — nor should it be.
"The issue right now is safety — getting people out, evacuating," said Loretta Worters, a vice president for the Insurance Information Institute.
Once you're to a place of safety, here's how to start navigating the claims process: