2 storm-related deaths in St. Lucie County
ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. (CBS12) —
Authorities say two people died as a result of Hurricane Matthew in St. Lucie County, and an elderly couple is in the hospital in critical condition.
The first death involved a 58-year-old woman who died of a heart attack at a home in Indian River Estates. Rescue crews could not respond to the home due to the high wind gusts.
A spokesperson for St. Lucie County Fire Rescue said the high winds could've tipped over emergency trucks and put the lives of rescuers in jeopardy.
A second emergency call came in around 3:30 a.m. The 82-year-old man was taken in a person car to the hospital where he died. Again, emergency crews could not get to the victim's house at the time due to the winds.
A man and woman are also in the hospital, apparent victims of carbon monoxide poisoning. They're in their 90s.
St. Lucie County Fire Rescue said they left a generator in the garage during the storm.
They were found unconscious inside their home by their neighbors.
They are in critical condition.
Authorities say you should always leave generators as far away outside the home as possible, and never add gasoline when a generator is running.