At Least 8 Dead At Florida Nursing Home Without Power After Irma

At Least 8 Dead At Florida Nursing Home Without Power After Irma

Among the state's almost 700 nursing facilities, about 150 lacked power as of Wednesday morning, said the Florida Health Care Association, which represents most of the homes.

"We want to make sure we interview everybody and see what they did and what they didn't do to make a determination, was there any criminal elements here", said Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez. An official from Memorial said that the healthcare network was helping with evacuating people from the rehabilitation center, which is not part of the Memorial system, and will take some to their other hospitals in the region.

The manager at this Winn-Dixie took shelter during Hurricane Irma inside the store and knows how important it is to service as many people as possible. Rescue crews from several area municipalities were going door to door in 94-degree (34 Celsius) heat to perform welfare checks, and a massive water, ice and meal distribution plan was already enacted.

"We're doing everything we can to get those tankers to suppliers so evacuees can start getting home", Scott said Tuesday from the Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee.

Don't allow your frustration with the power outages to translate into anger toward energy company employees; your household is only one of millions left without electricity following Irma.

FLORA MITCHELL: I don't know if my sister's living.

Stepped-up safety checks came after the deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, which shocked Florida's top leaders even as they surveyed destruction from a storm that spread its punishing effects across the entire state.

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The president could not resist injecting a political flavour into his visit, telling reporters in Fort Myers that he was hopeful that Mr Scott, a two-term Republican, would run for the Senate, where Democrat Bill Nelson is up for re-election next year. More than 100 patients were taken to nearby hospitals and treated for respiratory distress and heat-related issues, including dehydration. "We rode out that terrible storm in a shower that I had reinforced after Hurricane Marilyn", Benson added.

By that afternoon, five more had died.

The thing is, as of yesterday, it was reporting that everything was OK, that they were using portable air conditioners and fans. He said at no time did the facility communicate any imminent threats to its patients.

Meanwhile, the scope of the damage in Florida continued to grow on Wednesday - not just for people who had lost their homes and businesses to winds and floods - but also for an economic staple of Florida, the citrus industry, and other agriculture interests. County officials released documents showing that the Hollywood facility was in compliance with that regulation and that it held a hurricane drill with its staff in October.

Officials were investigating a number of deaths believed to be related to the storm, though it was not clear whether Irma was directly responsible in every case.

In the dining hall on Wednesday, staff members were pressing cold rags on patients' shoulders and necks. The police say - also said that when they got to the second floor, it was really hot. "How am I going to last here?" she said, as a tear rolled down her cheek.

Older people can be more susceptible to heat because their bodies do not adjust to temperatures as well as those of younger people.

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