5 dead at Florida nursing home after Hurricane Irma knocked out power

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Six residents of a Florida nursing home which has been without power since Hurricane Irma have died and more than 100 have been evacuated, officials said Wednesday.

The storm destroyed about one-third of the buildings on the Dutch-governed portion of the eastern Caribbean island of St. Martin, the Dutch Red Cross said on Tuesday. Nursing homes across the state are getting new attention after eight patients died Wednesday. The total death toll stood Thursday at 61, 26 of which occurred in Florida. Scott on Saturday blamed the nursing home for what he described as its failure to protect life. Kitchen worker Jean Lindor said the center had power from a generator to cook meals, but no air conditioning.

"The initial investigation has determined that the facility's air conditioning system was not fully functional".

5 dead at Florida nursing home after Hurricane Irma knocked out power

In a later statement, Carballo said, "The center and its medical and administrative staff diligently prepared" for the hurricane. "We're going to be with you tomorrow", Trump said. "The temperatures, particularly on the second floor, were extremely hot".

Temperatures reached into the 90s Tuesday and Wednesday in Hollywood.

Florida Governor Rick Scott issued a statement saying he was "absolutely heartbroken" to learn of the deaths of the elderly retirees. "If we find anybody did any criminal wrongdoing, we are gonna hold them accountable to the full extent of the law", he said. He added that the center immediately contacted Florida Power & Light and continued to follow up with them for status updates on when repairs would be made. At what point do you pull the license?

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A March 2016 safety inspection appears to show that the facility only had a temporary generator and administrators could not provide details of when they planned to install a permanent generator. The deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were believed to be heat-related. "Unfortunately, emergency services were called obviously too late". The nursing home was listed as correcting those citations. The evacuation included 115 patients from the nursing home and 18 from a nearby behavioral facility.

Hollywood police later tweeted that they had evacuated 158 patients to local hospitals.

"At no time did the facility report that conditions had become risky or that the health and safety of their patients was at risk", the statement says.

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"A number of people were in respiratory and other distresses", said Sanchez. Randy Katz, medical director of the hospital's emergency department.

Three people died at the nursing home, with a further five dying later in hospital, city officials said.

At a later news conference, Sanchez said one of those facilities was evacuated because of the heat. Families looking for information can call the hospital hotline at 954-265-1074.

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"The loss of these individuals is a profound tragedy", said a statement by the Florida Health Care Association, which represents 81% of Florida's nursing centers. The eight people who died on Wednesday were between the ages of 71 and 99. Some gasoline stations were reopening, but cell phone service and electricity remained out in most of the islands.

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