Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
Culture | By Henry Herrera

Residents Dead In Florida Nursing Home That Lost Power After Irma

Residents Dead In Florida Nursing Home That Lost Power After Irma

Three people died at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills while three others were pronounced dead after being taken to nearby Memorial Regional Hospital, officials said at a news briefing. Though the facility has a generator, it was unclear if it was operational, and Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief told reporters that the residents died from the lack of air conditioning. Keefe termed it a "multi-casualty incident".

The fort's docking pier and some interior facilities were also damaged by the storm, though National Park Service officials said no artifacts were damaged.

The nursing home's licensee is Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, LLC, which is owned by a doctor named Jack Michel.

"We believe at this time it might be related to the loss of power in the storm", Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez said but added that they weren't ruling anything out and had sealed off the nursing home while police conduct a criminal investigation.

Meanwhile, in Central Florida, three people were found dead inside an Orlando home Tuesday from apparent carbon monoxide poisoning, officials said.

The deaths, if confirmed as storm-related, would take the death toll in Florida from the hurricane to at least 17.

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Further up the coast, the cleanup effort continues in SC, where the state's utilities report that more than 63,000 customers continued to be without service Wednesday morning.

In the U.S., around 4.3 million homes and businesses, or about nine million people, were without power in Florida and nearby states today, according to Reuters.

The Florida Health Care Association also released a statement calling the situation "a profound tragedy".

The bridge that crosses the river is just north of Gainesville, the state capital and home to the University of Florida. As of Wednesday, almost 60 percent of customers had electricity restored, according to Florida Power & Light. For customers along FPL's western service territory, with the exception of areas affected by tornadoes, severe flooding, and other severe damage, power is expected to be restored by September 22.

Families looking for information can call the hospital hotline at 954-265-1074. The nursing home's maintenance director could not produce documentation to show that either the emergency generator "had been replaced" or that there were plans for a "permanent generator" to be installed, inspector records showed.

Sharief said she had asked the utility company to prioritize getting power back for assisted living, nursing home and senior care centers.

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