Officials: Kentucky storm deaths rises to 33

Officials: Kentucky storm deaths rises to 33

Officials: Kentucky storm deaths rises to 33

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 6:41 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 13 at 2:12 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky officials say the number of deaths from a massive ice storm that struck the state last month has risen by 3 to 33.

Justice and Public Safety Cabinet spokeswoman, Jennifer Brislin, says two of the deaths occurred last week in Jefferson County. She said Wednesday that they weren't added to the total until medical officials confirmed the deaths were caused by hypothermia.

State Emergency Management spokesman Buddy Rogers says a third death occurred Monday night in Madison County, when a motorcyclist was hit by an electric utility truck.

Since the ice storm struck on Jan. 27, some 101 counties and 75 cities have declared states of emergency, and President Barack Obama has issued a major disaster declaration for Kentucky.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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