The death toll in Florida from Hurricane Irma has risen to 12 from the previous seven, bringing the total number of deaths in all areas affected by the storm to 55.
A spokesman for Florida Governor Rick Scott said six people died in car crashes, four while engaged in storm preparations, one was electrocuted by a downed power line, and another had a heart attack.
Officials have reported 37 deaths in the Caribbean, four deaths in South Carolina, and two deaths in Georgia.
Meanwhile the U.S National Hurricane Centre is monitoring another hurricane, Jose, which was spinning in the Atlantic about 1130km west of Florida. The Atlantic hurricane season runs through November.
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