Eight dead in Florida nursing home following Hurricane Irma

Eight dead in Florida nursing home following Hurricane Irma

Eight dead in Florida nursing home following Hurricane Irma

Officials say six nursing home residents died Wednesday morning after they fell ill in a building left without air conditioning due to Hurricane Irma.

Hollywood police have begun a criminal investigation into the deaths at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, 1200 N 35th Ave. First responders ordered the nursing home evacuated.

"What has happened here is inexcusable", Florida Sen. "These kind of facilities should be regulated with a strong, tight rein. and it hasn't happened".

In Marathon Key, a Publix grocery store opened under police guard on Tuesday, but residents could buy only 20 items each, and no cigarettes or alcohol allowed, said 70-year-old retiree Elaine Yaquinto.

Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said during a news conference that two people died at the center and three more died at a nearby hospital.

Broward officials said that the nursing home was in compliance with state and federal rules that require an evacuation plan.

"I have a special needs son who needs refrigerated medicine and specialized food that needs to be refrigerated on a daily basis", said Jones. "There will be an investigation here and we will get to the bottom of it".

The roll call of victims and their ages are heartbreaking: They were parents, grandparents.

In a statement, Richard Beltran, a spokesman for Florida Power & Light, said: "What we know now is that a portion of the facility did, in fact, have power, that there was a hospital across the parking lot from this facility and that the nursing home was required to have a permanently installed operational generator". "This was not one of them, unlike Memorial Regional Medical Hospital across the street, which is in service".

The president couldn't resist injecting a political flavor into his visit, telling reporters in Fort Myers that he was hopeful that Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a two-term Republican, would run for the Senate, where Democrat Bill Nelson is up for re-election next year.

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"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. The storm is going to physically cover most of the state at some point in the next week, and be in several other states at the same time. In 2006, he and three co-defendants paid $15.4 million to settle Medicare and Medicaid fraud claims against them without admitting wrongdoing.

Aerial footage showed patients sitting outside in wheelchairs and others being taken out of the facility on stretchers.

Florida House of Representatives Speaker Richard Corcoran says the Legislature could call a special session if needed to tackle storm-related issues.

"Most of the patients have been treated to respiratory distress, dehydration, heat-related issues", Katz said. "Although the details of these reported deaths are still under investigation, this situation is unfathomable".

Meanwhile, the state made urgent efforts to protect its vulnerable elderly residents. At a checkpoint on Lower Matecumbe Key, sheriff's deputies turned away people trying to get to their homes in the lower Keys. The storm blew itself out before living up to its status as the storm of a lifetime for the state of Florida, but Irma's sheer size meant that a wide swath of Florida, not to mention Georgia, Alabama, and SC weathered its wrath.

Firefighters and medics responding to a Wednesday 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".

FPL, which serves almost 5 million homes and businesses, said it expects to restore power to essentially all its users, in the eastern portion of Florida, by the end of the weekend and the harder-hit western portion of the state by September 22.

Trump's praise, he said, is not just for rescue workers but "includes the people who live here".

Florida residents who evacuated ahead of the storm faced lengthy traffic jams, meanwhile, as they returned to check out their homes after days in shelters or with friends or family. The state ranked fourth poorest in the nation in 2016 according to The Huffington Post, and there are many intersectionally disadvantaged communities that will need support getting back on their feet.

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