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Irma: Eight dead at Florida nursing home left without power

17 September 2017

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills said in a statement Wednesday that Hurricane Irma had knocked out a transformer that powered its air conditioning.

Three people died at the facility in Hollywood, Florida, and three others were pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital, the city of Hollywood said Wednesday afternoon. For example, it said the facility's certified nursing assistants significantly exceeded state and national averages for the amounts of time they spent with each resident daily. Scott said he was directing state agencies to worth with local law enforcement to investigate the incident. For nursing homes, this plan is required to be submitted and kept on hand by county emergency management officials. Regulations dictate nursing homes and other facilities must have preparation plans in place, but the realities of how older Americans cope with a storm go beyond any piece of paper.

"Like many places in South Florida, the nursing home has been without power since being blasted by tropical storm winds with hurricane gusts on the edge of Hurricane Irma".

"Parts of the facility itself were energized by FPL, I can't give you anything more specific than that at this point", FPL spokesman Rob Gould told a news conference, referring to the Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills. The Florida Health Care Association, a nursing-home industry group, said Wednesday morning that about 150 of almost 700 nursing facilities in the state do not have electricity fully restored.

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Hurricane Irma left millions without power in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.

Fire rescue teams evacuated 122 people Wednesday night from two assisted living facilities near Orlando after the Orange County fire chief ordered firefighters to assess conditions of all elderly communities in the area.

"Although the details of these reported deaths are still under investigation, this situation is unfathomable", Scott tweeted.

In addition to severe flooding across Florida and extensive property damage in the Keys, residents faced widespread power outages that initially plunged more than half the state into darkness.

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Kennedy says 66 patients were transported by bus and 16 were picked up by family members.

The Broward Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Wednesday that Bobby Owens, 84; Manuel Mario Medieta, 96; Miguel Antonio Franco, 92; Estella Hendricks, 71; Gail Nova, 71; Carolyn Eatherly, 78; Betty Hibbard, 84; and Albertina Vega, 99, had died, the Sun Sentinel reported.

Gail Matillo, president and CEO of the assisted living industry group Florida Argentum, said Wednesday that most of those facilities had their power restored.

Firefighters and medics responding to an emergency call in Hollywood north of Miami found three people dead inside a building whose second floor the police chief later described as "extremely hot".

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Nursing homes seek the best ways to keep their residents cool, looking at things like breathing issues, she said. More than 21,000 people remain in shelters across the state.

Irma: Eight dead at Florida nursing home left without power