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

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

"We believe at this time they may be related to the loss of power in the storm", Hollywood Police Chief Tom Sanchez said, adding that the deaths are believed to be heat-related. The victims' identities were not immediately made public. "This situation is unfathomable".

"There are more electrical people in this state, I think, than ever accumulated anywhere in the world", the president said, referring to the scores of fix teams that have poured in from several states. The patients were transported to area hospitals, including Memorial Regional Hospital across the street.

"It's a sad state of affairs", Sanchez said. "We all have elderly people in facilities, and we all know we depend on those people in those facilities to care for a vulnerable elderly population".

When asked why the patients hadn't been taken across the street to Memorial Regional hospital when temperatures became unsafe, Hollywood city spokeswoman Rayelin Storey said, "We can't get inside the heads of the staff and the administrators of this facility".

"Every facility that is charged with caring for patients must take every action and precaution to keep their patients safe - especially patients that are in poor health", Scott said in a statement.

Six people at a Florida nursing home that was left without power for days after Hurricane Irma have died.

The death toll from Irma stood at 81 on Thursday, including 38 in the United States, with several hard-hit Caribbean islands including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands accounting for more than half of the fatalities. A family of four was also being treated Friday near Miami for exposure to the risky fumes from a generator outside of their apartment. A Tampa man died after the chain saw he was using to remove trees recoiled and cut his carotid artery.

Police said three of the residents at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were found dead when they arrived, while another five have reportedly died since then, according to the Associated Press.

Medical staff from a nearby hospital said that residents were suffering from dehydration and breathing difficulties.

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Nursing home regulators, during a February 2016 inspection, cited the nursing home for violating regulations regarding generator maintenance and testing, along with other safety code issues such as fire protective construction around exits.

Officials have said the interior of the building was extremely hot, and that staff were scrambling in vain to lower temperatures with fans and portable cooling units. The generator is a large 15,000-watt model that's capable of powering an air conditioner.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which regulates nursing homes, gives the Hollywood center a below-average rating, two stars on its five-star scale.

Florida Power & Light estimates that they will have power restored to all their customers along the east coast of the state by September 17, and for their customers along the west coast by September 22.

The nursing home eventually evacuated all of its patients Wednesday morning at the order of the responding crews.

"There were a number of very sick people". Utility officials warned it could take a week or more for all areas to be back up and running.

"Many people are now saying that this is the worst storm/hurricane they have ever seen", he tweeted in late August.

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 bad".


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