Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

5 dead at Florida nursing home after Hurricane Irma knocked out power

5 dead at Florida nursing home after Hurricane Irma knocked out power

Officials said it was not known how many people ignored evacuation orders and stayed behind in the Keys.

Across the street from the nursing home sat a fully air-conditioned hospital, Memorial Regional. "What we have been generally treating is dehydration, severe respiratory conditions and heat exhaustion".

On the mainland, one of the evacuees taken from an apartment building that lacked power near Miami was a 97-year-old woman who is immobile and has heart problems.

"This is the most stressful situation I've lived in my life", Alvarez said.

The number of deaths blamed on Irma in Florida climbed to 13 with the carbon monoxide deaths, in addition to four in SC and two in Georgia. She adds that utility providers have said they hope to have power restored for all of southeast Florida by the weekend. The nursing center lost power during the storm and had working generators, but a kitchen worker said those were being used to cook and not for air conditioning. In Hollywood, where the nursing home is located, temperatures are expected to reach the 90s this week.

Rescue crews arrived at the Hollywood Hills Nursing Home shortly after 7:30 a.m.

"We came here, leaving everything at home, and we go back to nothing", Lopez said.

"What we've seen is something extremely tragic that points to the need to having plans in advance when it comes to emergency preparation".

"If they find that this facility was not meeting the state's high standards of care, they will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law", Scott's statement said.

"This facility was not listed as a top critical" by Broward County, Gould said. The company met with officials in Broward County in early March, he said.

Gov. Rick Scott called on Florida emergency workers to immediately check on nursing homes and assisted living facilities to make sure patients are safe.

The Electric Cooperatives of SC reported almost 15,000 customers without power, majority in Oconee and Charleston counties.

Relatives who have family members in the facility have started to gather outside the two-story gray building that is situated among a cluster of medical facilities and hospitals.

While a nursing home has been at that location nearly 50 years, the Rehabilitation Center's name and registration are only two years old.

It said that the center had failed to provide daily living activities, leaving one woman in her nightgown facing a television that had not been turned on and in a room with the curtains drawn and the lights out.

Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy said temperatures have climbed to over 90 degrees in the city and that half of Hollywood is without power.

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