State's First Storm Death

Man killed by fallen tree

Lee Rogers
September 11, 2017 - 7:38 pm

(AP) Authorities are reporting the first death in South Carolina related to Tropical Storm Irma.  Abbeville County Coroner Ronnie Ashley said 57-year-old Charles Saxon was cleaning limbs and debris outside his home in Calhoun Falls around 3 p.m. Monday when a limb fell on him.

Ashely said in a news release that Saxon died at the scene. An autopsy has been ordered.

The National Weather Service says winds in the area were gusting to around 40 mph at the time Saxon was killed. Calhoun Falls is located 60 miles south of Greenville.

That brings the total to four deaths in the U.S. so far attributed to Irma. Authorities said one man died in a storm-related auto accident in Florida, another when a tree fell on a suburban Atlanta house, Saxon was the third and a fourth in southwest Georgia after a man climbing a ladder up a shed in gusty winds, was found lodged between two beams with debris atop him.

At least 34 people were reported killed earlier when Irma devastated several Caribbean islands. That toll included 10 killed in Cuba and state media said most of those died in Havana, where seawater surged deep into residential neighborhoods.

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