Tallahassee: Death toll reaches 72 in hurricane hit Florida, according to an updated death toll that includes figures from individual counties.
Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) spokesman Alberto Moscoso confirmed an official toll of 54. 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 coroner’s 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 210 kilometers per hour.