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Mon August 29, 2011
Irene's Toll: At Least 35 Deaths In 10 States
A somber update from The Associated Press:
"Hurricane Irene has led to the deaths of at least 35 people in 10 states."
The wire service says:
-- Two deaths have been reported in Connecticut. An 89-year-old woman died in a fire started by downed power lines, and a 46-year-old man drowned when his canoe capsized on a flooded street.
-- Two deaths have been reported in Florida. Though Irene did not strike the state, it caused large waves and rough surf that contributed to the fatalities.
-- One death has reported in Maryland. A tree hit a chimney, which then fell on a glass sun room where an 85-year-old woman was sitting.
-- One death has been reported in Massachusetts. A 52-year-old man was electrocuted by a downed power line.
-- Six deaths have been reported in New Jersey. All the victims appear to have been caught up in flood waters.
-- Six deaths have been reported in New York. Five of the victims drowned. The sixth, a man in his 50s, was electrocuted as he tried to help a child on a flooded street.
-- Six deaths have been reported in North Carolina. Two people died in traffic incidents. Three were killed by falling tree limbs. The sixth likely drowned.
-- Five deaths have been reported in Pennsylvania. Three people were killed by falling trees. One died in a traffic accident. The fifth person likely drowned.
-- Two deaths have been reported in Vermont. Both people apparently drowned.
-- Four deaths have been reported in Virginia. All four were killed by falling trees.