5 dead at nursing home after Irma cuts power

Jerome Frank
September 14, 2017

At least five people died and 120 were evacuated at a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, according to fire officials. A kitchen worker told the Miami Herald that the nursing home was using its generator's power to cook food but not to power its air conditioning.

Six people have died from a nursing home in Hollywood, Fla., that lost power in the wake of Hurricane Irma, and dozens more had to be evacuated to nearby hospitals.

"As you can imagine, evacuating 115 people from a facility is quite an undertaking", the spokeswoman said. Two others died after reaching hospital.

The vast majority of South Florida remains without power three days after Irma nailed South Florida.

She said she had yet to see any state or federal agencies or utility companies working on the ground yet.

"We are conducting a criminal investigation [and] not ruling anything out at this time", Police Chief Tomas Sanchezsaid at a press conference Wednesday.

It's a long wait for those sifting through what's left of their homes throughout Florida in the oppressive heat and high humidity - doing so while they wait for the power, and thus the air conditioning, to come back on. "A t-shirt, anything white", the office said on its Facebook page.

An AHCA inspection of the rehab center dated March 31 faulted the facility for several violations, including poor food and unsanitary conditions.

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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.

"There's nothing we can do, ' said a 'frustrated" Long.

First Irma slammed into the Florida Keys on Sunday morning as a Category 4 hurricane, ripping roofs off mobile homes and littering roads with debris. More than 100,000 customers were without power in Georgia and over 80,000 in South Carolina.Over the next two days, Irma is expected to push to the northwest, into Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.People in the heavily populated Tampa-St.

The number of people without electricity in the steamy late-summer heat dropped to 9.5 million - just under half of Florida's population.

All customers who lost electricity on the eastern side of the state will likely have power restored by the end of this weekend, Florida Power & Light said Tuesday.

Flora Mitchell arrived at the home trying to find out what happened to her 58-year-old sister, Vonda Wilson, a stroke patient who lived there for about 10 years. He said Broward County did not list the facility as critical infrastructure - the places where restoring power is a top priority after a storm - in a hurricane planning meeting earlier this year.

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

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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