An elderly care center suffering from power outages by Hurricane Irma reported that eight of its residents were killed in mid-high temperatures averaging 30 degrees, Broward County Mayor said Wednesday. Other affected were evacuated to a hospital and remain in critical condition.
With these fatalities, the number of deaths in Florida attributed to the storm rose to 21 , including another person who died Wednesday from inhaling carbon monoxide in circumstances affected by the hurricane. In addition, four other people were killed in South Carolina and two in Georgia , while at least 37 people were killed in the Caribbean .
Authorities are investigating whether the deaths were caused by inhaling carbon monoxide emitted by an electric generator or by the heat recorded as a result of the interruption in the electricity supply and the breakdown of the air conditioning system after Irma’s passage through the south of Florida this past weekend.
An operator works to repair the air conditioners, while waiting for the technical assistance of Florida Power Light (FPL) from time to time , picked up Local 10 News channel .
According to the company, at least two million customers continue without electricity .
Police and firefighters evacuated the Rehabilitation Center this morning, where three residents were killed and others were taken to a nearby hospital, where two people died and others remain in critical condition . Even a hospital in front of the hospice, the Larkin Community, was also being evacuated.
In Florida alone, authorities said Tuesday that about $ 250 million had been spent on recovery and cleaning, although the final cost will take months to determine.