The Latest on Hurricane Irma (all times local):
Florida Chief Justice Jorge Labarga has begun issuing orders extending legal deadlines in state courts due to Hurricane Irma. Under Florida’s court rules, the chief justice has authority to extend deadlines on a county-by-county basis or by appellate district when an emergency like Irma hinders public access to the courts system.
The first orders posted Thursday on the court website cover Martin, Indian River, St. Lucie and Okeechobee Counties. The chief judges of the local courts are continuing to request these orders, and the requests are being processed as they come in.
Each order extends time limits to the close of business on the day the local court fully reopens, giving everyone an extra full day to meet their deadlines. In addition, anyone who has encountered a special hardship in the storm can ask the local court to make additional accommodations.
The orders are being posted on this website:
Authorities say carbon monoxide poisoning is the likely cause of death for another Florida resident using an electric generator for power after Hurricane Irma.
The Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department reported Thursday that 26-year-old Elvin Milian was pronounced dead one day earlier at a hospital. He had been found by emergency responders at his home near Hialeah, where a generator was running.
The medical examiner is awaiting toxicology results before making a final determination on the cause of death.
Previously, Florida had reported at least six carbon monoxide deaths since Irma.
When used improperly, generators can trap toxic fumes and cause death. Experts say generators, as well as charcoal and gas burning grills, should always be used outdoors and never inside where they can’t be properly ventilated.
The Florida Health Care Association says 64 of the state’s 683 nursing homes are still without power, four days after Hurricane Irma raked the state.
The association released a statement giving that total as of Thursday morning.
The statement said, in part, said, “A natural disaster of this magnitude presents extreme challenges to every sector, especially those entrusted with the care of Florida’s aging seniors. We continue to maintain close communications with local, state, and federal officials and the appropriate utility companies and aid organizations to ensure that power is restored to every facility in Florida…