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
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)

(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.

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