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7 dead so far in wake of Hurricane Irene

August 28, 2011

A child died at a Goldsboro, N.C. intersection in a car crash after the storm knocked out power to the traffic light, the Associated Press reports. Several other people were taken to the hospital after the crash.

A surfer hit his head after falling from his board in the storm-tossed waves near New Smyrna Beach, Fla. The beach patrol spokewsoman Tamra Marris said Frederick Fernandez, 55, may have hit the ocean floor and he was pronounced dead shortly after being pulled from the water. The Daytona Beach News Journal reported he was a popular math teacher at the New Smyrna Beach high school.

It brings the death toll to 7 people on Saturday. Another child died in bed after a tree fell onto an apartment building in Newport News, Va. Three men died in North Carolina — one by a falling tree limb, one of a heart attack when he was installing protective plywood to his home, and one when he lost control of his vehicle. A person died in Virginia when a tree feel onto a car.

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