6 dead at Florida nursing home after Irma knocks out power

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According to the The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, the residents passed away after a prolonged period without access to air conditioning. "I have directed the Agency for Health Care Administration and the Department of Children and Families to immediately work with local law enforcement to conduct an investigation, and if they find that anyone wasn't acting in the best interests of their patients, we will hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law".

The death toll from Hurricane Irma is climbing with authorities reporting six patients at a Florida nursing home died after it had lost power, as millions struggle with no electricity and scarce essential services in the storm-hit state.

In a statement, Richard Beltran, a spokesman for Florida Power & Light, said: "What we know now is that a portion of the facility did, in fact, have power, that there was a hospital across the parking lot from this facility and that the nursing home was required to have a permanently installed operational generator".

Stifling hot conditions may have caused the deaths of at least eight elderly patients in a Hollywood, Florida rehabilitation center. Utility officials warned it could take over a week for power to be fully restored.

The victims included five women and three men, ages 70 to 99.

And at the huge, 15,000-resident Century Village retirement community in Pembroke Pines, more than half the residential buildings had no power Wednesday afternoon. But two new cases of carbon monoxide poisoning from temporary generators made clear that dangers remained almost a week after the powerful storm hit.

Nelson described it as an "inexcusable tragedy that frail patients would die of heat exhaustion without it being recognized".

The facility's administrator, Jorge Carballo, released a statement saying they were "cooperating fully with relevant authorities to investigate the circumstances that led to this unfortunate and tragic outcome".

State records revealed a variety of problems at the center. Rescue crews began going door to door in the 94-degree heat to check on people and hand out water, ice and meals.

"Basically, every house in the Keys was impacted", Long said. "And we're not leaving". "You go, you check on them, you make sure they have water and food and that's it", he said.

In the battered Florida Keys, meanwhile, county officials pushed back against a preliminary estimate from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that 25 percent of all homes in the Keys were destroyed and almost all the rest were heavily damaged.

FPL and other utilities have grappled with millions of customers losing power as Irma pummeled the state in recent days.

President Donald Trump plans to visit Naples, on Florida's hard-it southwestern coast, on Thursday.

Paulburn Bogle, a member of the housekeeping staff, said the place had been hot but manageable the past few days.

The moratorium said the nursing home became aware Sunday that its "air conditioning equipment had ceased to operate effectively" and put eight portable air coolers throughout the facility and used fans in hallways. "You're not going to convince a 95-year-old Holocaust survivor to do something that she doesn't want to do". "They haven't told us anything".



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