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WOMAN, 72, FIFTH TO DIE IN WAKE OF LABOR DAY STORM

Two weeks after being hit by a falling tree after the violent Labor Day storm that passed through the upstate area, a 72-year-old woman has died from her injuries.

Hatsu "Hatsie" Reed was the fifth casualty of the storm.

Mrs. Reed's husband, Richard, said he was cutting a storm-damaged tree in the back yard of their home in Clay when it started to fall on him. His wife ran over to try to help, and part of the tree struck her on the head, he said.

She was taken to University Hospital where she never regained consciousness.

The storm -- a microburst with winds of up to 115 mph -- left more than 250,000 people without power, some for up to a week. Damage is already estimated in the tens of millions of dollars and climbing.

Storm-related damages at Syracuse University may go as high as $14 million, according to a preliminary report released Sunday by the university.

The university's insurer is expected to cover most of the costs.

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