After Hurricane Irma: 1 dead, 3 critical in carbon monoxide poisoning


One person has died and three are in critical condition after a carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator near Loxahatchee.

The generator was not running when Palm Beach County Fire Rescue arrived on the scene after a medical call, but it had reportedly been running all day. Fire Rescue officials said a woman was dead, along with three men who were found conscious inside the home, located in the 6100 block of 185th Terrace North.

The generator, described as a large 15,000-watt model capable of powering a home's air conditioning, was outside near the garage. But the garage was left open just a few inches and the generator pointed toward it, allowing the carbon monoxide to seep in, Fire Rescue Capt. Albert Borroto said.

It's unclear how long the generator had been running, or how long the woman was dead. It's also unknown exactly where the four people were in the home. The three men were flown to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach.

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With a newfound appreciation of A/C, South Florida is sweeping up what Hurricane Irma left in its path. 

Here’s the latest on how your communities are recovering after the storm on Thursday, Sept. 14. 

It could be weeks before traffic signals are working 

About 60 percent of the area’s traffic lights lost power or were damaged during Irma and it could be a while before they’re up and running again. 

The curfew is lifted

Shortly after 9 a.m., Palm Beach County officials lifted the curfew that has been in effect since Saturday. 

In the last day, Sheriff’s officials reported 12 more arrests - eight arrested on curfew violation alone, four others broke curfew but are also facing other charges, according to the tally released this morning. 

Since the county started a curfew Saturday afternoon ahead of Hurricane Irma, at least 146 people have been arrested for violating the county ordinance.

Full update here. 

Trump in Florida

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence visited Fort Myers and Naples today for a briefing on Hurricane Irma relief efforts and spoke with those affected by the storm. Trump gave out “hoagies and handshakes” as he saw the damage first-hand, according to reports

PBC schools serving kids meals

Twenty-seven Palm Beach County schools are offering kids and their caregivers free breakfast and lunch today and Friday. Details here. 

Eating in the Glades

Florida Crystals, the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Belle Glade and others provided hot meals Tuesday and Wednesday, and will continue their efforts today.

“We have doubled the amount of food we ordered for today,” Florida Crystals’ spokeswoman Marianne Martinez said Thursday.

“We are on-site BBQing in a large parking lot at the Goodwill in Belle Glade at 201 W. Avenue A. Meals will start being distributed at noon,” Martinez said.

“We did 1,800 yesterday and Christ Fellowship was also on-site and did another 700 or 800 meals.”

Feeding the pets - in the Florida Keys

In response to multiple pleas for help, Big Dog Ranch, the Loxahatchee-based no-kill shelter, is beginning daily flights at noon to take food to animals in the keys. The flights will leave form Lantana Airport. The shelter is taking donations of food and litter in 20 lb bags or smaller. Drop donations at Big Dog Ranch Rescue, 14444 Okeechobee Blvd. in Loxahatchee. 

For more details, read this. 

The Post sent a photograher and a reporter to The Keys to speak with residents. Read the story and see the photos here. 

The Post charts the county’s  return to power


Palm Beach Post graphic/Mahima Singh

Compiled by The Palm Beach Post from Florida Power and Light reports. Some hourly reports are missing. Numbers reflect only FPL customers, not individual residents, nor customers of Lake Worth's electric service.

Power updates

Hurricane Irma left about 90 percent of FPL’s customers in the dark statewide. More than 70 percent of Florida Power and Lights’ cutomers have had their power restored. 

Update 6 p.m.

Four days later, 17 percent of customers in Palm Beach County -- 131,310 -- still don’t have power.

In Martin County, 12 percent of customers -- 12,140. In St. Lucie County, FPL reports 18,950 outages, or 15 percent of its customers.  

Across the state, there’s still  1.27 million customers without power. But since the hurricane, more than 3 million customers have had their power restored.

FPL expects most east coast customers to have power restored by the end of the weekend.

If it goes on and off: Many residents have had power restored only to have it go out again. Florida Power & Light spokesman Bill Orlove said this can happen when workers need to de-energize an area while making repairs.

More than half of Lake Worth Utilities customers remained in the dark late Wednesday. Power has been restored to about 12,500 customers, the city said.

Eight dead in Holllywood nursing home

How did a Hollywood Hills nursing home allow residents to fester in a deadly heat? Politicians are demanding answers in the “unfathomable” incident. 

IRMA’S AFTERMATH: Everything you need to know following the storm

Why did we hear all those tornado warnings?

As many sat in darkened, shuttered homes, cell phones lit up with yet another warning -- tornadoes

A total of 12 tornado warnings sounded in Palm Beach County during Irma. In Martin and St. Lucie counties, a combined 13 warnings were issued.

Here’s why.

Poisoned by generators

Authorities say 32 Palm Beach County residents have been poisoned by generators in the wake of Irma. More on those illnesses and how to safely use a generator here.

(Some of) your mail is on its way 

The U.S. Postal Service is offering limited delivery services at a handful of locations in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.


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