Ike-related storm deaths state by state
By The Associated Press – 7 hours ago
Authorities have reported a total of 41 deaths in 10 states as Ike moved from Texas northeastward across the U.S. midsection:
AHH... inflated figures... the main staple of news networks everywhere...
Let's separate them in legitimate and illegitimate claims...
Texas — 11, including one person found in a submerged vehicle in Galveston and a 4-year-old Houston boy dead of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning from an emergency generator. - Legitimate
Louisiana — six, including a 16-year-old boy trapped in rising water. - Legitimate
Tennessee — two, both golfers killed by a falling tree. - Illegitimate, because seriously, how bad could the conditions have been for them to be out playing golf?
Arkansas — one, a woman killed by a tree falling on a mobile home. - Legitimate
Ohio — six, including five by falling trees and one person electrocuted while working on a generator. - 5 Legitimate, 1 Illegitimate, because electrocuting onesself while doing something you're obviously not trained for, is not storm related.
Indiana — seven, including a father and son killed helping children escape from a ditch. - 2 Legitimate, 5 still in question
Illinois — two, including an elderly man found in a flooded backyard. - 1 Legitimate, 1 still in question
Missouri — four, including a woman struck by a tree limb and an elderly man suspected of drowning in a flooded yard. - 2 Legitimate, 2 still in question
Kentucky — one, a 10-year-old boy struck by a tree limb while mowing a lawn. - Illegitimate, because if it's nice enough to mow the lawn, you can't call it a storm death
Pennsylvania — one, a 46-year-old man struck by tree limb while helping remove a large tree from a house. - Illegitimate, obviously the storm had already passed by this time, this falls under the person doing something stupid category. If you don't know how to remove a tree properly, call a professional.
So my tally is:
28 definate deaths from Ike, 5 deaths due to idiocy instead of Ike, and 8 unknowns (not enough information provided to make any determination).