National Hurricane Center updates Irma death toll in US, Caribbean

44 fatalities directly caused by storm's strong winds, heavy rains

MIAMI - The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the death toll from Hurricane Irma's catastrophic rampage across the Caribbean and the southeastern U.S. has risen to 44 fatalities directly caused by its strong winds and heavy rains.

An additional 85 fatalities were indirectly linked to the storm. The updated accounting came in a report released Monday.

Eighty deaths indirectly linked to the hurricane came in Florida. They were caused by falls during storm preparations, vehicle accidents, carbon monoxide poisoning from generators, chain saw accidents and electrocutions.

Fourteen people who died at a nursing home that lost power were also included in the hurricane center's tally of indirect deaths in Florida.

The state previously counted at least 80 storm-related deaths, but it wasn't clear whether that number included the fatalities at the nursing home.

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