Six People Died After A Florida Nursing Home Lost Power Following Irma

14 September, 2017, 01:19 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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The facility, Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in eastern Florida, has been cited twice for violating federal requirements relating to its backup power sources, according to records reviewed by Stat.

In the days before Irma hit, FPL warned residents to prepare to be without power for a few weeks - FPL yesterday promised customers on the East Coast that power would be restored by Sunday, but Broward officials are now asking FPL to focus on restoring power to hospitals and nursing homes as fast as possible.

Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief says five people have died from a Florida nursing home that had lost power after Hurricane Irma roared through the state.

Patients were evacuated to Memorial Regional Hospital and other facilities in the Memorial Healthcare System.

The deaths come as Florida continues the recovery and rebuilding process days after Irma pounded the state's peninsula.

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Three further patients died later in hospital.

Power outages in Florida affected nearly 5 million homes, organizations and businesses, among them gas stations, which need the electricity to keep pumps working. She said her sister could not talk or walk.

"If they find out that anyone wasn't acting in the best interests of their patients, we will hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law, Scott said in a statement". Millions of other Floridians have also been left without electricity and air conditioning, while Florida's temperatures remain high. Several elderly residents were in critical condition with respiratory problems, the chief said.

The nursing home, located in Hollywood, Florida, about 20 miles north of Miami, has been in the dark since Irma struck earlier in the week, officials said.

"Basically, every house in the Keys was impacted some way", FEMA Administrator Brock Long said.

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Sharief said she did not have any details about the causes of death, and that authorities are investigating. Almost 3.8 million power customers in the state still lacked service early Wednesday as the mammoth effort to restore electricity in the often hot and humid region continues.

"Authorities sent an aircraft carrier and other Navy ships to help with search-and-rescue operations in Florida on Monday as a flyover of the hurricane-battered Keys yielded what the governor said were scenes of devastation".

An air conditioning company employee said a fuse had popped out during Hurricane Irma and needed to be repaired.

A man trying to fix the AC unit, Airstron employee Dave Long, told Local 10 a fuse that cooled the AC unit popped out during Hurricane Irma and needed to be repaired. At least 37 people were killed in the Caribbean.

The entire facility -which has two wings- was evacuated.

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Widespread power outages: Most of the city doesn't have power, officials said.

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