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Irma's death toll in Florida is at 34. It will go up.

Marco Island, as it prepared for Hurricane Irma. (Douglas R. Clifford | Times)
Published Sep. 18, 2017

TALLAHASSEE - Hurricane Irma has officially been tied to 34 deaths in Florida, but the number will rise.

The figure available Monday morning from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Division of Emergency Management is still being updated.

Not every county has been recorded.

Absent is Monroe, where recovery efforts continue with ongoing door-to-door checks in the Keys. So far at least nine deaths have been tied to the storm in Monroe County, according to the Miami Herald.

Also, the Broward County count is at six, without listing any of eight residents of a sweltering Hollywood nursing home who died Wednesday. The deaths of the nursing-home residents have spurred a criminal investigation.

"County medical examiners are responsible for confirming and attributing the deaths that occurred in their counties," Division of Emergency Management spokesman Alberto Moscoso said in an email Monday. "FDLE and DEM report the information provided by county medical examiners."

Deaths from Irma have been reported in Broward, Liberty, Duval, Pinellas, Marion, Hillsborough, Hardee, Volusia, Palm Beach, Orange, Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Highlands, Polk, Taylor and Lake counties.

In addition to the residents of The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Broward County, the highest-profile victims have been a Hardee County sheriff's deputy and a state corrections officer.

On Saturday, Gov. Rick Scott attended the funeral in Bradenton for Hardee County Deputy Julie Bridges, a 13-year veteran who died early Sept. 10 in a head-on vehicle collision with Hardee Correctional Institution Sgt. Joseph Ossman.

Ossman, who had been with the Florida Department of Corrections for 21 years, also was killed in the crash, which remains under investigation.

The two officers are among nine deaths across the state attributed to a blunt-force injury and Irma.

Irma is also credited with five deaths by drowning and four deaths involving carbon monoxide.

Palm Beach County is listed at two deaths, both due to drowning. The Palm Beach Post reported a woman died Friday in Loxahatchee and that three people were hospitalized after carbon monoxide seeped into a house from a generator set up next to a garage.

Orange County has five deaths linked to the hurricane, including the carbon-monoxide deaths of a mother and two teenage children.

Four deaths have been reported in Hillsborough County, through drowning, skull fractures, blood loss and head injuries. Other deaths, meanwhile, have been linked to such causes as heart conditions.

One death has been tied to heat exhaustion, although the death in Broward County also was tied to "chronic alcoholism."

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