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Five dead at Florida nursing home after Irma cuts power

Five dead at Florida nursing home after Irma cuts power

County Commissioner Beam Furr pointed out how critical it was for older residents virtually trapped in facilities with inoperable elevators due to lack of power.

Irma killed at least 31 people in Florida, plus seven more in Georgia and SC combined, authorities said.

An initial news release from the city of Hollywood said that three patients were found dead in the facility early Wednesday, while others were taken to the hospital and pronounced dead there.

Gould said FPL met with Broward County officials in March before the storm season to discuss what facilities would be prioritized for power restoration this year.

Irma, which decimated the Caribbean as a top-tier Category 5 hurricane before losing strength after repeated landfalls in the continental US, was downgraded to a tropical storm Monday.

Eight people are dead at a Hollywood, Fla., nursing home left without power after Hurricane Irma, officials said Wednesday afternoon.

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The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Hollywood, Fla., was evacuated on September 13, 2017.

Some were brought to Memorial Regional Hospital, just across the street from the nursing center, and were treated for for respiratory distress, dehydration and heat-related issues, said Dr. He also said investigators will look into how many windows were open in the nursing home.

Aerial footage showed patients sitting outside in wheelchairs and others being taken out of the facility on stretchers.

Sharief said she had asked the utility company to prioritize getting power back for assisted living, nursing home and senior care centers.

The Agency for Health Care Administration and the Department of Children and Families have now launched investigations into the facility, and one relative of a longtime resident of the nursing home says she hopes the owners are stopped from ever allowing this to happen again.

In all, firefighters evacuated 158 people from the nursing home.

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On Tuesday 6.8 million people remain without power in the steamy-late summer heat - about a third of Florida's population.

The nursing home has had brushes with the regulators in recent years for violating federal rules on its power system, a generator and because of a faulty alarm, according to records. More than half of the 15,000 residents at Century Village retirement community in Pembroke Pines are now without power.

At least a quarter of the homes in the Keys were destroyed, according to federal emergency management officials, and 65 percent suffered some damage.

"We often see that injuries and deaths after disaster in the United States are more common than those actually caused by the disaster itself", Kirsch said.

President Donald Trump plans to visit Naples, on Florida's hard-it southwestern coast, on Thursday. This has cut air conditioning to scores of Floridians, and it poses an acute danger for the particularly young or old in a state known for its sweltering temperatures. "It's going to be tough to tell how much was the heat and how much of it was they were sick already", Mallak said.

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