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4 Fatal Accidents in the Area Indirectly Related to Hurricane Sandy

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Weather-related deaths continue to happen across the area as people deal with severe weather issues.

The Upshur County Sheriff's Department said Mark Riffle, 51, of Arlington was found dead by his wife in their garage.

The sheriff's department said Riffle went into his garage to refuel the generator and when he didn't return, his wife went to check on him and found him unresponsive.

Riffle's wife and son transported Riffle to the YMCA in Rock Cave, where they met Upshur County EMS. The sheriff's department said Riffle was then transported to St. Joseph's Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The sheriff's department said it is suspected that the cause of Riffle's death is due to carbon monoxide poisoning.

The Upshur County Sheriff's Department is reminding everyone to keep their generators outdoors.

The National Weather Service is calling the death of a Belington man weather-related.

It reports that the man was shoveling his driveway Tuesday when he suffered a fatal heart attack.  The man's name has not yet been released.

It is one of three deaths being linked as an indirect result of Hurricane Sandy storms in our area. The deaths include a fatal accident in Tucker County, and a falling tree branch that killed House of Delegates candidate John Rose.

John Rose, a candidate for the House of Delegates, was checking the fence on his deer farm around 2 p.m. Tuesday and was trying to leave a field on his four-wheeler when a tree branch fell off of a tree and struck him in the head.

The tree branch killed him instantly, according to Barbour County Sheriff John Hawkins.