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Six dead after Irma knocks out air conditioning at Florida nursing home

14 September 2017

The nursing home's licensee is Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, LLC, which is owned by a doctor named Jack Michel.

Around 5.4 million people are now without power after Irma ripped through Florida. A nursing home spokesperson said that a number of its residents had been having respiratory issues.

A news release from the city of Hollywood says that three patients were found dead in the facility early Wednesday, while others were taken to the hospital and pronounced dead there.

Another 18 patients in a neighboring behavioral wellbeing office are additionally being emptied, Story said.

Widespread power outages: Most of the city doesn't have power, officials said. That includes a 57-year-old man struck by a tree limb during the storm in Calhoun Falls; a 54-year-old man who died in a mobile home because of carbon monoxide poisoning while a generator was running; and a man who died in a vehicle crash in Richland County.

The latter figure doesn't include the nursing home deaths, which police said were under investigation.

The Florida Health Care Association represents 81 percent of the state's nursing homes.

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There are some conflicting details about exactly how much power the building lost.

Officials said 18 additional patients from a second adjoining facility were also being relocated due to the investigation, though these patients were "not medically compromised". Sanchez said authorities are now conducting inspections of 42 assisted living facilities in Hollywood.

In the Keys, though, he said "there is devastation."It's terrible, what we saw", Scott said".

A man looks at a destroyed house following powerful Hurricane Irma on September 12, 2017, in Lower Matecumbe Key in the Florida Keys. The building was being evacuated.

And the governor said damage on the southwest coast, including in Naples and Fort Myers, was not as bad as feared. As of Wednesday, almost 60 percent of customers had electricity restored, according to Florida Power & Light.

"They were sick already".

Jack Michel, the sole person listed on the nursing home's corporate registration in Florida, appears to have been accused of fraudulent activity in the past.

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Retired nurse Flora Mitchell's 58-year-old sister Vanda Wilson has been as resident at Rehabilitation Center since suffering a stroke, which left her unable to speak or move, a decade ago.

"There's nothing we can do", Dave Long of Airstron told WPLG. Drinking water and power were cut off, all three of the islands' hospitals were closed, and gasoline was extremely limited.

Search-and-rescue teams made their way into the more distant reaches of the Keys, and an aircraft carrier was positioned off Key West to help.

"Evacuating 133 people is quite an undertaking", said a police department spokesperson.

Crews also worked to fix two washed-out, 300-foot (90-meter) sections of USA 1, the sole highway that runs through the Keys, and check the safety of the 42 bridges linking the islands. "A little stress free environment", said Kalin Weckwerth.

The Lower Keys were still off-limits, with a roadblock in place where the highway was washed out.

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Six dead after Irma knocks out air conditioning at Florida nursing home