8 elderly die in Florida nursing home after 'Irma'

Florida Keys, airports partially re-open after Irma rips through state

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"The building has been sealed off and we are conducting a criminal investigation inside", Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez told reporters on Wednesday. He did not elaborate.

More than 140 residents of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were evacuated on Wednesday after fire and rescue crews and medical staff from a nearby hospital found numerous facility's residents suffering from dehydration, heat stress and breathing difficulties.

Defede said after the facility called Florida Power & Light at 3:39 p.m. Sunday after a transformer that powered the air conditioning went out.

For older people living on their own, such as 94-year-old Mary Dellaratta, getting help can depend on the attentiveness of neighbors, family and local authorities. Workers at the facility got more portable air conditioners from a nearby hospital, the facility's timeline says.

A man who died of carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator in his N.C. mountain home is the first confirmed death in North Carolina related to Hurricane Irma., Gov. Roy Cooper said Friday.

"The ALF's and nursing homes are patrolled, regulated by the state of Florida".

Elsewhere, Irma has been blamed for four deaths in SC and two in Georgia.

In the battered Florida Keys, meanwhile, county officials pushed back against a preliminary estimate from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that 25 percent of all homes in the Keys were destroyed and almost all the rest were heavily damaged.

"People are telling me different things", she said Wednesday evening. Best believes that although insured losses as a result of Hurricane Irma will not be as severe as originally forecast, the storm still represents a sizeable catastrophe event that will test the infrastructure and potentially strain the financial wherewithal of some local and regional carriers in Florida, particularly those that are geographically concentrated. But the extent of the damage has been an unanswered question for days because some places have been unreachable.

Asked what she'd like to say to the facility's owner, Craig said, "We coming for you".

"We often see that injuries and deaths after disaster in the United States are more common than those actually caused by the disaster itself", Kirsch said.

Walking along a street in Naples Estates with his wife, Melania, the president encountered piles of broken siding and soggy furniture sitting on a front porch, and residents and volunteers who were happy to get a presidential visit.

Official death toll from Hurricane Irma in the U.S. now stands at 24
Official death toll from Hurricane Irma in the U.S. now stands at 24

For many of Irma's victims, the days ahead are likely to be soggy, sweaty, dark and discouraging.

This requires all assisted living facilities and nursing homes to obtain ample resources, including generators and the appropriate amount of fuel to maintain comfortable temperatures for at least 96-hours following a power outage. We will be restoring power day and night.

Scott said in a statement earlier this week that he was "heartbroken" to learn of the deaths and planned to "aggressively demand answers".

The Hollywood tragedy also revealed that dozens of nursing homes were without electricity or had been evacuated because of Irma.

Paulburn Bogle, a member of the housekeeping staff, said after the air conditioning failed, the staff used fans, put cold towels and ice on patients and gave them cold drinks.

Their ages ranged from 71 to 99, according to police.

"They were sick already". But - and when the air conditioning went out in - at that nursing home in Florida, they had those alternative sources.

Though the number of people with electricity had improved from earlier in the week, some 6.8 million people across the peninsula continued to wait for power, and utility officials warned it could take a week or more for all areas to be back up and running.

Evangelina Moulder hired an attorney after her 93-year-old mother became severely dehydrated on Wednesday. "I have nothing", said Mercedes Lopez, 50, whose family fled north from the Keys town of Marathon on Friday and rode out the storm at an Orlando hotel, only to learn their home was destroyed, along with the gasoline station where Lopez worked.

Here are a few numbers that have been tallied since Irma made landfall last week. The number of people in shelters fell to under 13,000.

The nursing home eventually evacuated all of its patients Wednesday morning at the order of the responding crews.

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.

FPL working to restore power to over 300000 SWFL residents
In Florida , some 2.69 million homes and businesses were still without power on Thursday, or about 1 in 4 Florida customers. At least six people appeared to die of carbon monoxide poisoning from generators in Florida, the AP news agency reported.

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