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Irma aftermath: 8 die in sweltering South Florida nursing home

17 September 2017, 10:00 | Erica Roy

Irma aftermath: 8 die in sweltering South Florida nursing home

Irma aftermath: 8 die in sweltering South Florida nursing home

Broward County had said it did not label the nursing home as "critical" infrastructure based on a Florida Power and Light guidance document suggesting that these facilities are "non-critical, but play a decisive role in community recovery after a serious event", the county said in its statement.

NextEra Energy Inc's FPL, which serves almost 5 million homes and businesses, said it expects to restore power to essentially all customers in the eastern portion of Florida by the end of the weekend and the harder-hit western part of the state by September 22. "We had to cancel for students today", said Melinda Berry Dreisbach, Fayette County Schools. Sanchez said precautionary checks would be done on Hollywood's 42 other nursing homes.

Meanwhile, there has been criticism of rules set by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) preventing Britain from using its £13bn aid budget to help its overseas territories hit by the hurricane because they are deemed too wealthy. "I am outraged over the deaths of eight Floridians at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Broward County and I am demanding answers as we furiously investigate this bad loss of life". So during Hurricane Katrina, about half the people who died were 75 and older.

A more powerful backup generator was delivered to the nursing home late Thursday.

Jack Michel, the sole person listed on the nursing home's corporate registration in Florida, appears to have been accused of fraudulent activity in the past.

"FDLE has been on site providing assistance and will continue to provide any assistance requested by the Hollywood Police Department's criminal homicide investigators", Schenone added.

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills has evacuated this morning due to a prolonged power failure to the transformer which powered the facility's air conditioning system as a result of the hurricane.


Days after Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida, causing widespread destruction, and killing at least 23 people in Florida and nearby states, President Donald Trump will visit the state on Thursday Sept. 14. Sweat dripping from her for head, she said she'd been trying to get information from first responders to no avail.

Officials said they dialed the number multiple times to report that the facility lost power - and even tried Scott's personal cell - but it took days for them to receive help.

The governor's office said "power restoration crews have been working around the clock" for what it called "the largest power restoration undertaking in history for a single state". Larkin bought what was then called Hollywood Hills Nursing Home and Hollywood Pavilion Hospital in a 2015 bankruptcy auction after fallout from Medicare fraud convictions sunk both facilities.

Scott's statement said Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration and the Department of Children and Families also have launched investigations.

He said most of the patients admitted to hospital have been treated for respiratory distress, dehydration and heat-related problems. "Although the details of these reported deaths are still under investigation, this situation is unfathomable". The utility did not arrive until Wednesday after some patients began experiencing health emergencies, prompting evacuation of the center, according to a timeline provided by the nursing home.

Scott said he directed two state agencies to work with local authorities on the investigation, and he warned that "if they find that anyone wasn't acting in the best interests of their patients, we will hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law". The two storms combined killed about 150 people in the USA and the Caribbean islands and caused more than $30 billion in estimated damages, and Harvey brought record rainfall to Texas.



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