Five Dead at Hollywood Nursing Home Left Without Power After Irma

Five Dead at Hollywood Nursing Home Left Without Power After Irma

Five Dead at Hollywood Nursing Home Left Without Power After Irma

Eight patients at a sweltering nursing home died after Hurricane Irma knocked out the air conditioning, raising fears Wednesday about the safety of Florida's 4 million senior citizens amid widespread power outages that could go on for days.

A kitchen worker at the center told the Miami Herald that the facility "had power from a generator to cook meals, but no air conditioning".

Three died at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills and two others were pronounced dead at the hospital, Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said at a news conference Wednesday.

Sanchez said 115 people were evacuated to the Memorial Hospital system's North, South, and Pembroke Pines branches.

Approximately 110,000 people remain in shelters across Florida. In Daytona Beach, one person died and three other were hospitalized after ingesting poisonous fumes from a gas generator. "I don't know if she is dead or alive", Ms. Mitchell said.

"We need to know what happened to her", she said.

Neighbors said this was a family of five, including three minors.

Officials said 18 additional patients from a second adjoining facility were also being relocated due to the investigation, though these patients were "not medically compromised". The new rule would allow nursing homes to require that residents agree to arbitration in lieu of a dispute in court, a process that is argued to be more efficient, but also tends to be less favorable for the plaintiff and reward far less in compensation.

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"(We're) not ruling anything out", he said.

The nursing home is believed to lost air conditioning after Hurricane Irma, the actual cause of death was not cleared immediately.

Irma, which made landfall Sunday morning in the Florida Keys as a Category Four hurricane, had triggered orders for more than six million people to flee to safety, one of the biggest evacuations in U.S. history.

"Approximately 150 facilities out of the almost 700 (nursing) facilities in the state do not now have full power services restored", continued the FHCA statement.

Gusts topping 90 miles per hour whipped Miami on Sunday, knocking out power to most of the city's residents. Last month, Hurricane Harvey devastated much of coastal Texas and killed more than 70 people.

The number of people without electricity in the steamy late-summer heat dropped to 9.5 million - just under half of Florida's population.

However, the facility is under the evacuation order, but the evacuation needs to come in effect.

On Tuesday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he had received a lot of calls from nursing homes and assisted living facilities having problems with power. Utility officials warned it could take 10 days or more for power to be fully restored.

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