Derecho Wind Storm Caused 3 Deaths in W.Va.

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- State health officials say the June 29 windstorm caused three deaths in the state.

The Bureau for Public Health said Thursday it has completed a review of data received from hospital emergency departments.

Dr. Marian Swinker, the state health officer and commissioner for public health, says deaths occurred in Pocahontas, Randolph and Webster counties as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning from using a generator indoors, delayed access to health care and heat-related illness.

Swinker says some other injuries also were associated with people eating spoiled food. She says while not all storm-related deaths or injuries are preventable, the data is a reminder for preparing for the next disaster. That includes a family disaster kit that could include items such as drinking water, nonperishable food, medications and a first-aid kit.

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