8 dead at Florida nursing home left without power after Irma

8 dead at Florida nursing home left without power after Irma

Governor Rick Scott called on Florida emergency workers to immediately check on nursing homes and assisted living facilities to make sure patients were safe, and he ordered an investigation into the deaths. He added: "Although the details of these reported deaths are still under investigation, this situation is unfathomable". And, criminal charges should follow should investigations nail down what looks for all the world like willful negligence. Broward County said the facility on Tuesday said it had lost power, but did not ask for help. "It's one of the things we're doing aggressively", Scott said. Approximately 150 facilities out of the almost 700 facilities in the state do not now have full power services restored.

He said most of the patients admitted to the hospital have been treated for respiratory distress, dehydration and heat-related issues. He said the death toll could rise.

Aerial images show widespread destruction in the Florida Keys, the chain of islands that extends from south of Miami to Key West, the southernmost point in the continental United States. By the afternoon, five more had died.

Hollywood police believe the deaths were heat-related.

Hollywood Fire Rescue evacuated residents from the rehab center on North 35th Avenue after some residents awoke sick.

Robert Gould, a spokesman for NextEra Energy Inc's Florida Power & Light, said utility representatives had met with Broward County officials in early March.

The man listed in state corporate records as the manager of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills - where eight deaths have been reported after an air-conditioning outage caused by Hurricane Irma - is no stranger to controversy. Phone calls to the nursing home went unanswered Wednesday morning.

The nursing home's licensee is Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills LLC, which is owned by a doctor named Jack Michel.

In many areas, boil water advisories are in place.

"There's no reason patients that age with chronic medical issues should be in a facility without air conditioning", Katz said.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management estimated around 3.7 million accounts were still without power as of noon Wednesday.

Detectives are looking into whether the nursing home broke any laws. The number of people remaining in shelters fell to under 13,000. A Coral Gables apartment building was evacuated after it was determined to be unsafe for elderly tenants due to lack of power.

"I kept calling", the woman said. "And we're not leaving".

"There's nothing we can do", Long said".

The Florida Keys were particularly hard hit, with federal officials saying that 25 percent of homes were destroyed and 65 percent suffered major damage when Irma barreled ashore on Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane.

Florida Keys residents yesterday returned to inspect the damage caused by winds of up to 130mph.

Of Florida's total 309 hospitals, all operational facilities have power or are running on generator power.

President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, were to visit Florida to survey the damage on Thursday.

The center had been without air conditioning since Irma arrived over the weekend.

The staff used fans, put cold towels and ice on the patients and gave them cold drinks.

For much of the morning, Mitchell anxious her sister was among the deceased.

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