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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 14:53

Who Decides That a Death Was Caused by Hurricane Florence? And Why Does It Matter?

(TNS) — Both men died when they fell — one from a ladder, the other from a roof — while they were cleaning up after Hurricane Florence even as the storm was still causing rivers to rise in Eastern North Carolina.

Gov. Roy Cooper announced last Tuesday that they were the 38th and 39th people in North Carolina to lose their lives as a result of the storm. It had taken 10 days for the two men to officially be added to the storm’s death toll.

The lag time illustrates how difficult it can be to fully account for the number of deaths caused by a natural disaster as large and widespread as a hurricane. That they were added to the list at all shows how important that full accounting is.