Eight patients at a sweltering Hollywood nursing home died in Hurricane Irma's aftermath, authorities said yesterday, as people confronted a multitude of new hazards in the storm's wake, including tree-clearing accidents and lethal fumes from generators.
Some 120 residents of the facility have been evacuated "due to intense heat and no power", WSVN said.
Not counting the nursing home deaths, at least 13 people in Florida have died in Irma-related circumstances, many of them well after the storm had passed.
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Gould said FPL met with Broward County officials in March before the storm season to discuss what facilities would be prioritized for power restoration this year.
"Like many places in South Florida, the nursing home has been without power since being blasted by tropical storm winds with hurricane gusts on the edge of Hurricane Irma".
The center is a 152-bed, skilled nurse facility and is located across the street from the Memorial Regional Hospital, according to the center's website.
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~150 of Florida's almost 700 nursing facilities do not have power restored, according to the Florida Health Care Association advocacy group.
Statewide, Hurricane Irma left 39 nursing homes out of nearly 700 without power on Thursday.
"Although the details of these reported deaths are still under investigation, this situation is unfathomable", he said. Another person, who tried to get out of the home, was found dead on the front lawn, while four others from inside the home were taken to a nearby hospital.
In addition to severe flooding across Florida and extensive property damage in the Keys, residents faced widespread power outages that initially plunged more than half the state into darkness. The medical examiner's office said the victims were five women and three men, ages 70 to 99.
Hollywood police said in a statement Thursday that state and local authorities are conducting a criminal investigation to determine what led to the patient deaths at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills.
Gail Matillo, president and CEO of the assisted living industry group Florida Argentum, said Wednesday that most of those facilities had their power restored. County officials released documents showing the Hollywood facility was in compliance with that regulation and that it held a hurricane drill with its staff in October.
"Our son was very uncomfortable - he couldn't sleep, he was sweating, and he was out of his routine", said Guillen, sitting in the lobby of the hotel with her family. At least six people in Florida died of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning from generators. Many stores remain closed because of the lack of electricity, meaning people are converging on the relatively few shops and eateries that are open.