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Vulnerable Florida residents a concern in Hurricane Irma aftermath

Vulnerable Florida residents a concern in Hurricane Irma aftermath

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. A criminal investigation is underway by Hollywood police; officials with the facility said staff members are cooperating with it and other inquiries.

Craig, whose mother was sickened at the nursing home, said the center's administrators should "be prosecuted to the full extent that the law allows and then some".

In Coral Gables, an apartment building was evacuated after authorities said its lack of power made it unsafe for elderly tenants.

However, Veroy also said she spoke to staff before Irma hit and believed she had left her parents in a safe place.

But with no family in the area and neighbors who are gone or unwilling to help, the NY native feels cut off from the world. On one unannounced visit, I encountered an older man helplessly splayed on the floor, naked - as staff walked by with food trays.

The electricity is out in her condo, so there's no television for news. "Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who were affected", he added. "When we approach her she wasn't really crying but tears were kind of coming, she says 'I can't breathe, I can't breathe Jean, '" Johnson said.

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump (L) are accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) (R) while meeting with people impacted by Hurricane Irma in Naples, Florida, U.S., September 14, 2017. North Carolina reported its first Irma-related death on Friday after a man died from carbon monoxide poisoning, and two more people died in Florida from the unsafe fumes, including a woman in Palm Beach County.

The death toll from Irma stood at 81, with several hard-hit Caribbean islands accounting for more than half the fatalities, and officials continued to assess damage inflicted by the second major hurricane to strike the United States mainland this year.

The center said the hurricane knocked out a transformer that powered the air conditioning.

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Some 3.1 million homes and businesses, representing close to one-third of the state's population, were without power on Thursday. When asked by emergency workers whether they had any medical needs or emergencies, center officials "did not request assistance or indicate any medical emergency existed", Sharief said. Patients were treated for dehydration, breathing difficulties and other heat-related ills, authorities said.

The first 911 call from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills didn't sound ominous: A nursing home patient had an abnormal heartbeat. Authorities performed safety checks on other facilities around the city Wednesday.

"The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills expresses its deepest sympathy to the family members of the residents who passed away following a prolonged outage of our air conditioning system due to Hurricane Irma", the nursing home said this week.

"I've been there sometimes when it didn't", she said. "But nobody from the facility has told me anything yet". Dozens of hospital workers prepared a command center outside the building and gave red wristbands to patients with critical, life-threatening conditions and yellow and green ones to those who were in better conditions.

"The investigation into this tragedy (at the Broward County facility) and the circumstances that may have contributed to it continues, and it would be inappropriate to comment on details until it concludes", the association said.

The governor announced in a news release Wednesday night that he's directed the Agency for Health Care Administration to issue an emergency moratorium for the facility, preventing it from admitting new patients indefinitely.

The physician listed in state records as the nursing home's manager, Dr. Jack Michel, ran afoul of state and federal regulators in 2004 over a hospital and group of assisted-living facilities he partially owned. 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.

Around the state, hazards were popping up in the aftermath of the storm.

Florida was slammed with huge storm surges, violent winds and heavy rains that socked the peninsula from south to north, flooding towns and knocking out power to millions of people.


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