Hurricane Irma death toll rises to 72 in Florida

Hurricane Irma struck the Florida Keys as a Category Four storm earlier this month, before making its way north through the southern US state | © AFP/File | SAUL LOEB
Hurricane Irma struck the Florida Keys as a Category Four storm earlier this month, before making its way north through the southern US state | © AFP/File | SAUL LOEB

Miami (AFP) | 27 September 2017 2:06

Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) spokesman Alberto Moscoso confirmed an official toll of 54 to AFP Tuesday.

But this figure does not include eight known victims in the Florida Keys, or 10 elderly victims who died in a nursing home north of Miami.

County coroners in Monroe, which includes the Keys, have not yet confirmed an official number of fatalities to the FDEM, but a post on the county’s Twitter account said eight people died during the storm.

According to the FDEM, the primary causes of death in Florida included drowning, trauma injuries and carbon monoxide poisoning — which can occur as a result of using indoor electricity generators.

The Florida Keys bore the brunt of Hurricane Irma, which struck as a Category Four storm with winds reaching over 130 miles (210 kilometers) per hour.

Irma also killed at least 40 people when it ripped through the Caribbean, bringing the total death toll to at least 112.

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