Hurricane Irma

A 7-year-old Polk County girl died Wednesday from carbon-monoxide poisoning at a home with a generator running inside after Hurricane Irma, authorities said.

One shelter remains open in Leon County. Officials say they’re keeping the space available for anyone who might not be able to return home yet, as well as anyone who gets stuck on their way. Leon County spokesman Mathieu Cavell says some of those returning home could get stopped on their way by a possible bridge closure along I-75.

John Davis, WGCU

Florida’s U.S. Senators Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco Rubio have been traveling Florida this week to survey damage left in the wake of Hurricane Irma.  The senators’ visit to Ave Maria University in eastern Collier County Wednesday served as a bright spot on their tour.  They sat down with a group of college students who bravely and selflessly choose to ride out the Hurricane helping residents of the nearby farmworker town of Immokalee.  WGCU’s John Davis was there and brings us the students’ stories in their own words.

Photo: Rachel Iacovone, WGCU

Four days after Hurricane Irma ravaged Southwest Florida, scenes of recovery stand alongside calls for help. As President Donald Trump visits Fort Myers and Naples Thursday, 1.3 million Floridians remain without power, and community efforts are mobilizing to bring food and other necessities to those most in need.

Quincy J. Walters / WGCU News

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Administrator was at the Lee County Emergency Operations Center Wednesday. 


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