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IRMA: 5 dead from nursing home that lost power near Miami

17 September 2017

Six Hollywood nursing home residents died Wednesday morning in a building left without air conditioning after Irma blasted South Florida, according to Police Chief Tom Sanchez.

Amber Mickles, who was looking for her great-grandmother, aged 94, told the New York Post: "Imagine the heat, I am 29 and I can't take it and for them to have to sit through is awful". "This year we took the proper steps of assigning utility workers as direct points of contact with nursing homes and other urgent care facilities, and we prioritized their power restoration during Irma". More than half the community of 15,000 residents lacked power. "This is a state that I know very well". "They're looking for places that may be able to provide some cool". Officials said it could take at least 10 days to fully restore power.

The Florida Health Care Association called the deaths a "profound tragedy within the larger tragedy of Hurricane Irma".

Calls to Scott and others were routed to AHCA or the Department of Health "and quickly returned", said Scott spokesman John Tupps. The healthcare workers at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were aware on Sunday that "its air conditioning equipment had ceased to operate effectively".

So far, there has been 61 confirmed deaths caused by Hurricane Irma, with 38 in the Caribbean and 23 in the U.S. as of Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.

But, Haston acknowledged, those resources didn't come in time to keep some elders from being evacuated or, in some cases, hospitalized.

"We are there for you 100 percent", Trump said before donning gloves and helping to hand out sandwiches to local residents from a lunch line under a canopy.

About 1.5 million homes and businesses in Florida and Georgia remained without power on Friday after Hurricane Irma, including 46 of Florida's almost 700 nursing homes caught in the deadly storm's path.

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The National Parks Service says more than 300 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina saw downed trees and storm damage from Hurricane Irma. Gary M. Farmer Jr. of Fort Lauderdale, Sen.

He's also talking about hurricane recovery efforts in Florida, and says authorities there have done an "A-plus job". Sanchez also said investigators will look into how many windows were open.

Three of those who died were in their nineties, including 99-year-old Albertina Vega.

"I don't know what to do. We have to do better".

Seven more have died in Georgia and SC, combined, and 43 were killed in the Caribbean.

Family members of one of the patients have filed an emergency lawsuit over the incident to seek the "preservation and production of vital records, documents and surveillance" from the Hollywood nursing home.

Wolf said the generator was never delivered to his home, however.

Lawmakers, for their part, didn't want to pay either.

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Stepped-up safety checks were conducted around the state after eight deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, which shocked Florida's top leaders as they surveyed destruction from the punishing storm.

Among ALFs, 1,978 were with power, 182 reported being "closed", 193 were using generators and 177 reported evacuating residents after the storm.

State records revealed a variety of problems at the center.

But it was not until multiple patients began experiencing health emergencies, which promoted the evacuation of the center, that the utility company arrived to make the fix, the nursing home said.

"As you can imagine, evacuating 115 people from a facility is quite an undertaking", the spokeswoman said.

Scott on Saturday blamed the nursing home for what he described as its failure to protect life.

"In Tallahassee, we learned after Hurricane Hermine that communication is vital between first responders, government, and our most vulnerable populations", Gillum added.

In addition, at least five people died and more than a dozen were treated after breathing carbon monoxide fumes from generators in the Orlando, Miami and Daytona Beach areas.

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IRMA: 5 dead from nursing home that lost power near Miami