JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Hurricane Irma's official death count in Florida has grown to 42, up from 34 on Monday -- and the number is expected to continue increasing. The latest total doesn't include any deaths from Monroe County, where recovery efforts continue.
News4Jax learned that an out-of-state man, who came to Jacksonville after Irma passed to help a relative rebuild a fence suffered a heart attack and died. The Medical Examiner’s Office in Jacksonville said there were “a few” storm-related deaths in Duval County. News4Jax has requested details of each one.
Deaths from Irma have been reported in Broward, Collier, Duval, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Liberty, Marion, Okeechobee, Orange, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, St. Lucie, Taylor and Volusia counties.
The official figures are compiled by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Division of Emergency Management based on reports by county medical examiners.
The Miami Herald has reported at least nine deaths in Monroe, while the county tweeted that it has had eight deaths. Also, a Broward County count grew from six on Monday to seven on Tuesday but still did not list eight residents of a sweltering Hollywood nursing home who died last Wednesday. The deaths of the nursing-home residents have spurred a criminal investigation.
Fourteen deaths across the state are now attributed to a blunt-force injury -- typically involving traffic crashes, injuries that occurred during the storm or while people worked on storm preparation or recovery.
Irma is also blamed for seven deaths by drowning and 11 deaths involving carbon monoxide.
The death of an 89-year-old Clay County woman who drove into a flooded retention pond in Fleming Island on Monday was not considered a hurricane death by the medical examiner.
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