6 at South Florida nursing home die amid post-Irma blackout

6 at South Florida nursing home die amid post-Irma blackout

Even in the face of a storm that shrouded almost the entire state and had officials still piecing together its destruction, the news Wednesday from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills stood out, with victims as old as 99 among the dead and worries the count could grow. He will then travel south to Naples, Florida to meet with residents tackling the aftermath of storm, the White House said in a statement.

On Key West, at the end of the archipelago, hundreds of residents who had refused evacuation orders lined up on Wednesday outside the island's Salvation Army outpost for water and military-style rations after enduring days of intense heat with little water, power or contact with the outside world.

The storm left millions without power across Florida.

Gould said the incident at Hollywood Hills emphasizes that all facilities need to have backup plans in case power is lost during storms. Gallagher said it was the first time the facility admitted it had no power.

Two elderly residents were found dead at the nursing home, and three later died at a hospital.

The Democratic U.S. senator also asked them Thursday for a 60-day moratorium on late fees and other penalties.

"We're conducting a criminal investigation into the deaths that occurred here", Tomas Sanchez, the Hollywood police chief, said at a news briefing Wednesday.

Authorities say it appears Interstate 75 will remain open throughout Florida for people returning home after fleeing Hurricane Irma because a potential flooding threat has subsided.

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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.

Altogether, city officials said eight people between the ages of 71 and 99 had died, but the causes were not yet determined. She said Bobby Owens had been at the facility for more than 10 years.

"Our son was very uncomfortable - he couldn't sleep, he was sweating, and he was out of his routine", said Guillen, sitting in the lobby of the hotel with her family.

"I can tell you from driving around you see lines down all over the place", Albers said.

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

About 150 of the Florida's almost 700 nursing facilities were without electricity as of Wednesday morning, according to the Florida Health Care Association, which represents a lot of them. Police are looking into why all residents weren't evacuated sooner. But Hollywood Hills' 43-page plan, approved by the Broward County Emergency Management Division in July, makes no mention of emergency power.

Total insured losses from the storm are expected to run about $25 billion (about R329 billion), including $18 billion (about R237 billion) in the United States and $7 billion in the Caribbean, catastrophe modeler Karen Clark & Company estimated on Wednesday.

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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