Losses for Irma already up to nearly $2 billion

This Sept. 7, 2017 photo provided by the Dutch Defense Ministry shows storm damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, in St. Maarten. Irma cut a path of devastation across the northern Caribbean, leaving thousands homeless after destroying buildings and uprooting trees. Significant damage was reported on the island that is split between French and Dutch control. (Gerben Van Es/Dutch Defense Ministry via AP)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Hurricane Irma is already being blamed for nearly $2 billion in insured losses in Florida and the amount is expected to keep rising.

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation on Monday released preliminary claims data that shows that more than 335,000 claims have already filed since the storm ripped across the state.

State regulators say those claims are worth more than $1.95 billion.

Irma tore through the Florida Keys, before moving across southwest Florida and up the state. So far regulators say that more than 243,000 homeowners have filed claims associated with the deadly storm.

Hurricane Irma is the first major hurricane to strike Florida since Hurricane Wilma ripped through the state 12 years ago.