More than 37,500 North Carolina residents have filed $256 million in claims to pay for damage to homes, cars and business caused by Hurricane Bonnie.

Claims primarily involve roofs, automobile repairs, broken windows and water damage, the North Carolina Insurance News Service said Wednesday.The value of the claims was twice that from Hurricane Bertha, which struck in July 1996, but only one-sixth of the total caused by Fran, which hit in September 1996 and caused $1.3 billion in insurance losses. Bertha caused $100 million in insured losses.

"Bonnie's total damage was greater than Bertha because of the storm's length of stay and the larger area it covered," said Barrett Brewer of NCINS, a voluntary group of property and casualty insurers in North Carolina.