8 dead in Florida nursing home left without power by Irma


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"This situation is unfathomable", he said.

"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 youngest victim was 70, according to the Broward County Medical Examiner's office. That left residents to swelter with no air conditioning, and now multiple investigations are under way, although other possible causes of death are being considered, including carbon monoxide poisoning. He also said investigators will look into how many windows were open.

"It's a sad state of affairs", Sanchez said.

"People are just absolutely shocked that someone in the staff would not know enough that a frail, elderly person is dying of heat exhaustion and would at least know to dial 911. this is what is inexcusable", Nelson said. Not all of their conditions were known but city spokeswoman Raelin Storey said some of the evacuated patients were in respiratory distress. "Every facility that is charged with caring for patients must take every action and precaution to keep their patients safe".

Eight residents of the nursing home, which is affiliated with the Larkin Community Hospital, died this week after the facility's air conditioning system failed in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

The nursing home fatalities brought Florida's death toll from Irma and its aftermath to 31. A Tampa man died after the chain saw he was using to remove trees kicked back and cut his carotid artery. By that afternoon, five more had died.

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

After helping to pass out food, the president took tours of several neighborhoods, where he witnessed firsthand the damage done by the hurricanes.

The mayor said that she and County Administrator Bertha Henry pressed Florida Power & Light Co. on Tuesday to expedite power restoration to such facilities.

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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. "Visually, you could see that they were sick", said Memorial Regional Hospital Dr.

Florida, long one of America's top retirement destinations, has the highest proportion of people 65 and older of any state - 1 in 5 of its 20 million residents.

Statewide, 64 nursing homes were still waiting Thursday for full power, according to the Florida Health Care Association. Utility officials warned it could take a week or more for all areas to be back up and running.

"They're way ahead of schedule, there are more electrical people in this state than I think accumulated anywhere in the world, added Mr. Trump".

Elsewhere around the state, a Coral Gables apartment building was evacuated after authorities determined a lack of power made it unsafe for elderly tenants. Rescue crews went door to door in the 94-degree heat to check on people and hand out water, ice and meals. "People have died", said Horton. "And we're not leaving".

Mr. Trump calls the efforts to restore power to the region "the largest assembling of human beings ever for power and rapidly it's being turned on so were very happy with that". More than 6.5 million homes and businesses lost electricity in Florida, and fuel shortages plagued much of the state.

The Keys felt Irma's full fury when the hurricane roared in on Sunday with 130 miles per hour (209 kph) winds.

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