Irene update: Death toll at 43; 2.85 million still without power
Hurricane Irene unleashed floodwaters in Shelburne, Massachusetts.
August 30th, 2011
06:42 PM ET

Irene update: Death toll at 43; 2.85 million still without power

[Updated at 6:42 p.m. ET] The death toll from Hurricane Irene stands at 43 across 12 states, with officials in New Hampshire reporting a death linked to the storm.

Here is a state-by-state tally of the deaths:

New York - 8
New Jersey - 7
North Carolina - 6
Pennsylvania - 5
Virginia - 4
Vermont - 3
Connecticut - 2
Delaware - 2
Maryland - 2
Florida - 2
Massachusetts - 1
New Hampshire - 1

Authorities are trying to determine whether an additional death reported in New York is connected to the storm.

Read details of the deaths.

[Updated at 6:13 p.m. ET] The death toll stands at 42 across 11 states, with officials in Maryland linking a second death to the storm.

[Updated at 3:44 p.m. ET] A total of 2.85 million customers still are without power because of Hurricane Irene, the U.S. Department of Energy says.

[Updated at 2:48 p.m. ET] The death toll from Hurricane Irene stands at 41 across 11 states, with officials in Florida linking a second death to the storm.

[Updated at 2:46 p.m. ET] The death toll from Hurricane Irene stands at 40 across 11 states, with the New York State Office of Emergency Management reporting two more deaths in the storm.

[Updated at 10:23 a.m. ET] A total of 3.3 million customers are still without power due to Hurricane Irene, the Department of Energy said Tuesday.

[Updated at 8:59 a.m. ET] Emergency officials report at least 38 people in 11 states have died as a result of Hurricane Irene.
North Carolina - 6
Pennsylvania - 5
Virginia - 4
New York - 6
Vermont - 3
Connecticut - 2
New Jersey - 7
Maryland - 1
Florida - 1
Massachusetts - 1
Delaware - 2
Authorities are trying to determine whether an additional death reported in New York is connected to the storm.

[Updated at 7:42 a.m. ET] Emergency officials report at least 36 people in 10 states have died as a result of Hurricane Irene.
North Carolina - 6
Pennsylvania - 5
Virginia - 4
New York - 6
Vermont - 3
Connecticut - 2
New Jersey - 7
Maryland - 1
Florida - 1
Massachusetts - 1
Authorities are trying to determine whether an additional death reported in New York is connected to the storm.

[Updated at 7:24 a.m. ET] Authorities in Massachusetts have confirmed another death related to Hurricane Irene.

A man was electrocuted in the town of Southbridge after he touched the railing of an aluminum porch that also had been struck by a power line, said Peter Judge, a spokesman for the  Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

The death brings CNN's tally of hurricane related deaths to 28.

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  1. Eagleeye47

    Sad at the loss of lives. Pray their souls rest in peace & God give their family memebers the strength to overcome this sorrow.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
    • caw

      Well if god really cared, why would he have let them die to start with?

      August 30, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Lola

      @CAW, God does not cause evil acts (James 1:13). While he could remove evil at any time, he allows corrupt society to exist for now in order to settle moral issues that were raised at the start of human history. He will ultimately act in behalf of humankind and undo all of the trouble caused by those who reject his rulership. Genesis 3:1-6; Isaiah 65:17.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • DP

      I would prefer you ask people to do something more productive than talk to themselves right before they fall asleep at night, i.e. prayer. They should donate blood or something to help the ones still alive..

      August 30, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • peter

      Damn you and your science!! quit knocking on my door. i'm busy reading the oldest fantasy book we got: "You shall not let a sorceress live." (Exodus 22:18) i love it for its realism. this poor man died because of witches. we should find that witch.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Luigi

      Caw, I assume you mean the Christian God. If you didn't, please be more specific.

      Assuming the Christian God, they aren't dead. Continuing with that assumption, we aren't bodies, we are souls. We are souls that each have a body. Suggest reading some of what CS Lewis wrote on this issue. I have no problem with you disagreeing with CS Lewis. I would have a problem with you disagreeing with him simply based on my interpretation. (You should go to to source before you disagree.)

      August 30, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • caw

      So Lola, exactly what is evil about a Hurricane that kills people? Why did God allow it to kill 40 plus people?

      See, here's the issue, either God does not exist or he is responsible for the suffering in the world. Either way he's not someone to worship.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Lola

      CAW, your logic is flawed. You assume because God exists, we are puppets that he controls. He gave you free will think believe he does not exist. And free will exists with men who kill, destroy the ecosystem, etc.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • AzHitman

      Ever noticed that Atheist's love to pick fights with believers?

      August 30, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Atheist

      Ever notice that religious people (mainly Christian) have to comment about "Gods" wrath on the world before anyone else makes a statement. Atheist's just love to critique the stupidity that has been stated.

      August 30, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Anon

    Sounds like most of the deaths from this storm are the result of Natural Selection.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Lean6

      Learn a new word today? Darwin groupies....

      August 30, 2011 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    • caw

      I prefer Darwin groupies to religious fanatics.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Darwin

      They did not die from natural selection which is a process by which people who are more biologically adapted to the environment survive, the weaker and less healthy die off. They died from an accident which may or may not have been prevented.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Lean6

      @caw. I see absolutely no difference between a Darwin groupie and what you call religious fanatics. That's the pathetic part. Darwin groupies are the Jehovah's Witnesses of the 21st Century. Quit knocking at my door with your tri-folds and go enjoy your supposed life free from the shackles of religion...or are you on a mission? Too busy trying to find the comfort of the like-minded and validation of your beliefs. Seems like a conflicted existence from where i'm sitting.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Luigi

      If you think most, how about a roster? I tend to agree with you related to surfing. However, I disagree with you about the woman at home who had the tree crash through her house. Not everyone in the path could evacuate - not enough places to put everyone.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • caw

      Lean6, I do enjoy my life free of the shackles of religion, unfortunately I can't escape the stupidity of religion itself.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • jmp

      Sorry Darwin, but natural selection doesn't concretely mean survival of the fittest. It survival of whoever can find a niche in the environment to survive, which can include but is not exclusive to being the "fittest". And the hurricane most certainly is part of an environment, and not an accident.

      August 30, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Netreacher

    The USA certainly have had their bad weather luck in 2011. God bless those who have perished. Be strong as always. (A friend from the Great White North).

    August 30, 2011 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. In Ottawa

    Now there are 2 people missing in Quebec from when the storm hit Eastern Canada. They are probably going to have to had two more to the tally when they confirm this.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Netreacher

      Yes, I failed to mention our losses also. I thought it was one ... floods have been our nemesis this year also. God bless to ALL who have lost their lives.

      August 30, 2011 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ashton

    God needed them in heaven, never question God.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Lola

      Please list scripture in the Bible where God said he takes lives because he needs them in heaven. That is such a cruel act to put on God.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • caw

      I'll question GOD until he actually decides to answer. Actually I'll question the sanity of anyone who believes in god.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • steve harnack

      Wouldn't it have been kinder to just send a limo?

      August 30, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
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    August 30, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  7. mr obama president of usa

    result of natural selection there is bad weather but god will help for there health & wealth in life of perished.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  8. Atheist

    Who is this "God" you speak of?.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Lola

      The one who made the laws of physics, dna, and everything else man uses in science.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Atheist

      Ya. I don't think so. Nice try though.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • mistymountain

      Do you think that what is on this earth just "appeared"? Have you looked around you at all this earth contains? The veins ia a leaf the bark on a tree, millions of species...the intricacies of the human body? Abe Lincoln once said "I understand how a man can look at the ground and not believe, but how can one look around you and not know there's a God"? You don't have to be a "biblethumper" to live a Christian life, its a matter of the "HEART". Hope you'll be open minded enough to find out for yourself...

      August 30, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      I see the wonder of nature mistymountain, i dont see any need to claim the work of a diety.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  9. hatesbiblethumpers

    As sad as it is, most of the pl died of pure stupidness (being outside when storm was hitting). They got what was coming to them and don't deserve to be above bc of their excessive stupidness.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • not everyone

      Not all of the people who died were stupid. One kid was killed inside his home when a tree fell on the house. Have some compassion. That could have been someone you knew.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  10. hatesbiblethumpers

    And yes, the name fits how I feel about the "so-called" God stuff. I bet you I can prove their stupidness more than you can prove his "so called" existance!!!

    August 30, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  11. victums murdered by using Hurrycane

    The Canadian Government and Officials were using Recession and War as excused and cover-up by murdering Ethiopians in Canada recently and before.

    There is no doubt, most of the killings during Hurricane Irene were the setted-up by some criminal groups.
    There is no way to find out when the Government agents and Officials involved for the killings.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  12. Atheist

    @hatesbiblethumpers. Wow! I' am also a fan of the stupid people get killed theory. I'm sure if Darwin was alive today he would update his theory on "natural selection" due to a lack of common sense that seems to be absent from our societies of today. Which yes includes, idiots who stand outside when a storm is nearby.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • AzHitman

      You both should probably go get laid.

      August 30, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. cleduc

    AP has it topping 40 deaths with one missing so Irene has already tied the 3rd worst hurricane death toll in the last 30 years. Only Floyd & Katrina killed more. The warnings, preparations and 'hype' saved lives.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  14. victums murdered by using Hurrycane

    Don't be fool. During the current Afghanistan War and Political economy or recession, the Jewish groups (who always go after innocents with no representatives) were using Groups from Phillipinos and East Indians to help Black Slave Decendants, they did committed a Horriffic mass killings and Cultural Genocides against Ethiopian Christians in Canada, America and elsewhere. I suspect most of the death during Hurricane Irene, the Jewish criminal artist groups.
    Since they are holding high rank positions in Canada and America, they are living above the Law.

    Let God save US from these Morons.

    August 30, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  15. Cdn Jim

    Let's hear it for the right wing of America. Glen Beck called these people's deaths "a blessing" and Bachmann joked (or maybe didn't) that these people died so that God could send a message to Washington. You'd think Washington would have listened to the message being sent by thousands of soldiers being killed in Afghanistan and Iraq, or the tens of thousands of civilians, including small children in those same wars. AH, but that was Bush's Holy War against Muslims. So when a black man is in the white house God sends messages by killing Americans. Interesting theology. Bizarre, but interesting.

    August 30, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • VK

      ...So what about the people that dies when Bush was in office?

      August 30, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
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