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More than 80 percent in Florida have power back

17 September 2017, 02:31 | Erica Roy

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He did not elaborate. Scott said he was directing state agencies to worth with local law enforcement to investigate the incident.

Broward County said the nursing home had alerted the county emergency operations center on Tuesday that it had lost power, but when asked if it had any medical needs or emergencies, it did not request help.

Florida's heat adds a perilous element to the ongoing outages.

"We're looking into the temperature inside the facility, the staffing inside the facility, and all the conditions inside the facility in the hours leading up to this situation", Hollywood city spokeswoman Raelin Storey told a news conference on Thursday.

The storm has presented risks and challenges for the elderly population in Florida, where about 1 in 5 residents are 65 or older.

The storm's death toll grew to at least 33 people in Florida after a woman died of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator in Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach Post newspaper reported. A Tampa man died after the chain saw he was using to remove trees recoiled and cut his carotid artery.

The Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration requires nursing home facilities have an emergency power supply in case of emergencies.

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

But by early Wednesday, the center had placed three calls to report patients in distress, prompting firefighters to search the facility. In the hard-hit southwestern part of the state, Lee County schools Superintendent Greg Adkins announced classes will begin September 25 after most of the district's buildings received minor damage or worse.


The Rehabilitation Center in Hollywood Hills, north of Miami, said in a statement on Wednesday that a "prolonged power failure" due to the hurricane had caused a transformer powering the facility's air conditioning system to fail.

As patients suffered at the Rehabilitation Center, help wasn't far away: The facility is located across the street from a medical complex that includes the Memorial Regional Hospital - where the center's patients were taken after the scope of the problem became evident. Patients were treated for dehydration, breathing difficulties and other heat-related ills, authorities said.

Sanchez said police would be checking the approximately 42 assisted living facilities throughout the city for any other patients in distress.

Hurricane Irma knocked out power for millions of people. First responders ordered the nursing home evacuated.

Elsewhere around the state, a Coral Gables apartment building was evacuated after authorities determined a lack of power made it unsafe for elderly tenants. Rescue crews began going door to door in 34 Cto check on people, and a water, ice and meal distribution plan was put into effect.

The tragic deaths bring the number of storm-related fatalities in Florida to 20.

Ironically, when Harvey hit, Trump proclaimed on Twitter that it "looks like largest ever (storm) recorded in the Atlantic" and that "many people" were saying it "is the worst storm/hurricane they have ever seen".

"The people who were working there worked hard to make a good outcome for our patients", she said.

In the battered Florida Keys, meanwhile, county officials pushed back against a preliminary estimate from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that 25 per cent of all homes in the Keys were destroyed and almost all the rest were heavily damaged.



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