Most homes with buildings insurance should be able to make claims for tornadorelated damage, according to a leading insurance company.
Andrew Dawson, operations director for Legal and General, said householders whose roofs had been damaged would usually be covered under the 'weather event' section of their insurance policy.
He advised householders to contact their insurance companies directly on their claims lines.
"With this sort of claim a loss adjuster gets involved and goes out on behalf of insurers to asses the damage," he said.
"They try and find them alternative accommodation or get temporary repairs carried out so the property in inhabitable. In cases where a whole roof has blown off they can get people into a b&b or a temporary home.
"A far as the loss adjuster is concerned the longer it takes to go out, the bigger the loss will be, so they are usually mobilised very quickly.
"The first thing people should do is find their buildings insurance policy and ring the claims number and explain what has happened."