Florida re­cov­ery picks up mo­men­tum

Manila Bulletin - - World News -

MI­AMI (AP) – Nearly a week af­ter Hur­ri­cane Irma wal­loped Florida, the re­cov­ery mis­sion picked up mo­men­tum as more peo­ple had elec­tric­ity and schools made plans to re­open.

Still, the dan­gers lin­gered, mostly in the form of nox­ious gas from gen­er­a­tors serv­ing those who still didn’t have power. North Carolina re­ported its first Irma-re­lated death on Fri­day af­ter a man died from car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing, and two more peo­ple died in Florida from the dan­ger­ous fumes, in­clud­ing a woman in Palm Beach County.

Near Mi­ami, a fam­ily of four was treated for ex­po­sure to the fumes from a gen­er­a­tor out­side of their apart­ment.

At least 36 peo­ple have died in the US un­der Irma-re­lated cir­cum­stances, the vast ma­jor­ity in Florida. The death toll across the Caribbean stood at 38.

Mean­while, the state made ur­gent ef­forts to pro­tect its vul­ner­a­ble el­derly res­i­dents. Eight peo­ple died at a nurs­ing home when the hur­ri­cane knocked out power and the fa­cil­ity lost air con­di­tion­ing. The deaths at the Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter at Hol­ly­wood Hills were be­lieved to be heat-re­lated.

Sev­eral other nurs­ing homes were evac­u­ated be­cause of a lack of power or air con­di­tion­ing, and work­ers scram­bled to keep pa­tients cool with emer­gency stocks of ice and Pop­si­cles.

Of­fi­cials said about 1.9 mil­lion homes and busi­nesses were with­out power, in­clud­ing 64 nurs­ing homes.

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