AC Fails as Temperature Reaches 100 at Hospital

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Hospital workers are using fans and bringing in portable air-conditioning units to cool patients after the central system failed in a hospital at Mobile on one of the hottest days of the summer.

The main cooling system went out early Monday at the University of South Alabama Medical Center, and it still wasn't fixed as afternoon temperatures approached 100 degrees.

Workers moved fans into some patient rooms to help relieve steamy conditions, and a spokesman says the state is bringing in 21 portable cooling units to help. The hospital diverted emergency cases elsewhere and is moving patients into the coolest areas of the hospital, which is treating 116 people.

The coastal area is under an excessive heat warning.

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