Hurricane Irma death toll rises to twelve

An aerial photograph taken by the Dutch Ministry of Defence shows the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma in Philipsburg, on the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Maarten. Photo Date: 9/7/17
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MIAMI (AP) - State officials are raising the number of deaths in Florida from Hurricane Irma to 12 from the previous seven.

That brings the total death toll in all areas affected by the storm to 55.

McKinley Lewis is a spokesman for Florida Gov. Rick Scott. Lewis says six people died in car crashes, four while engaged in storm preparations, one was electrocuted by a downed power line, and another had a cardiac issue.

Officials have reported 37 deaths in the Caribbean, four deaths in South Carolina, and two deaths in Georgia.



 
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