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Posted at 06:42 PM ET, 08/27/2011

Hurricane Irene’s death toll at 5; Christie, Bloomberg and other leaders urge safety


VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - AUGUST 27: Trees bend around the pool area at the Isle of Capri Resort Hotel today and some water did breach the doorway of the hotel. Hurricane Irene hit the Virginia Beach, Va. area today. (Michael S. Williamson - WASHINGTON POST)
Hurricane Irene is still working its way up the East Coast, but it already has led to at least five deaths. One of those deaths was of a child asleep in bed in Virginia.

Three of the deaths occurred in North Carolina. The News & Observer in North Carolina reported that “Emergency officials in Nash County said a man was crushed to death outside his home by a large limb” and that another man “suffered a heart attack and died” while putting plywood on windows. WITN News in North Carolina is reporting that a man was killed when his car ran across the centerline of a road and into a tree.

The other deaths deaths happened in Virginia. In Newport News, Virginia.WAVY News Channel 10 reported a child died when a tree split in half and fell on his apartment building.

Child dies after tree falls in NN: wavy.com

In Brunswick County, Virginia, a tree fell on a car and killed the person inside according to the Richmond Times Dispatch..

Trying to avoid any more fatalities, government officials have been pleading with people to follow safety measures and be cautious as the hurricane approaches. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell reiterated that “it is not time for people to relax” in spite of projections that top wind speeds were decreasing from100 mph to 80 mph. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave a televised press conference this morning telling New Yorkers not to dither on evacuation orders in the city and that “the time to leave is right now.”

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivered a more colorful message at a press conference on Friday: “Get the hell off the beach in Asbury Park. You’re done. Do not waste any more time working on your tan.”

By Justin Bank  |  06:42 PM ET, 08/27/2011

 
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