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Hurricane Wilma’s death toll rises to 21 in Florida

WILTON MANORS, Fla. – The death toll from Hurricane Wilma rose to 21 in Florida Saturday after state emergency officials reported seven more deaths in the storm’s aftermath.In all, the hurricane has been blamed for 38 deaths in Mexico, Haiti, Jamaica and the United States.Some people in Florida died during cleanup, others were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning or traffic accidents during power outages, Florida emergency officials said.Among the deaths since the hurricane hit: A 51-year-old man was killed Thursday while helping repair a roof; a 75-year-old man was struck Friday by a tree limb; and a 39-year-old woman died of carbon monoxide poisoning from a smoldering charcoal grill in her kitchen.Nearly a week after Hurricane Wilma ripped through South Florida, about 832,700 people remained without power. Electricity might not be fully restored until Nov. 22, officials warned.Wilma was the eighth hurricane to strike or at least swipe Florida in 15 months. It came ashore Monday as a Category 3 storm on the southwest coast and weather officials say it was either a Category 1 or 2 with gusts of 115 mph as it slammed through Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.


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