Hurricane Irene Death Toll: 1

Man dies after being struck by tree limb

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Aug 27, 2011 10:51 AM CDT

(Newser) – Hurricane Irene blew a large tree limb onto a man this morning, killing him, say authorities in North Carolina. The man was apparently walking outside his home in a rural area of Nash County around 10:20am when he was struck. Paramedics were called to the scene, but the man was already dead. Wind gusts in the area had reached more than 60mph as Irene's outer bands passed through.

Home Depot employees, Richard Howell, left, and Farid Elattar, right, load up emergency generators for Virginia Beach residents in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Irene in  Virginia Beach , Va., Friday, Aug. 26, 2011.  Hurricane Irene is expected to hit the area Saturday.
Home Depot employees, Richard Howell, left, and Farid Elattar, right, load up emergency generators for Virginia Beach residents in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Irene in Virginia Beach , Va.,...   (Steve Helber)
An Ocean City Police Department cruiser  patrols a boardwalk in Ocean City, Md., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, as Hurricane Irene heads toward the Maryland coast.
An Ocean City Police Department cruiser patrols a boardwalk in Ocean City, Md., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, as Hurricane Irene heads toward the Maryland coast.   (Patrick Semansky)
An Ocean City Police Department cruiser stands watch near a beach in Ocean City, Md., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, as Hurricane Irene heads toward the Maryland coast.
An Ocean City Police Department cruiser stands watch near a beach in Ocean City, Md., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, as Hurricane Irene heads toward the Maryland coast.   (Patrick Semansky)
Thomas Walker, of Merrick, N.Y., far left, who runs a business on the Coney Island boardwalk, looks out over the adjacent closed beach as he and others await the arrival of Hurricane Irene, Saturday, Aug. 27 2011, in the Coney Island section of  New York.
Thomas Walker, of Merrick, N.Y., far left, who runs a business on the Coney Island boardwalk, looks out over the adjacent closed beach as he and others await the arrival of Hurricane Irene, Saturday,...   (Craig Ruttle)
Abandoned beach front houses are surrounded by rising water as the effects of Hurricane Irene are felt in Nags Head, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011
Abandoned beach front houses are surrounded by rising water as the effects of Hurricane Irene are felt in Nags Head, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011   (Gerry Broome)
Abandoned beach front houses are surrounded by rising water as the effects of Hurricane Irene are felt in Nags Head, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011
Abandoned beach front houses are surrounded by rising water as the effects of Hurricane Irene are felt in Nags Head, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011   (Gerry Broome)
The finger of National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read points to the landfall of Hurricane Irene's eye at Cape Lookout, N.C., using a Telestrator, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011.
The finger of National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read points to the landfall of Hurricane Irene's eye at Cape Lookout, N.C., using a Telestrator, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011.   (AP Photo/Andy Newman)
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