Irma: Six die at Florida nursing home not on utility's priority list

5 Dead at Florida Nursing Home that Lost Power During Hurricane

Jon says that "apparently, the facility lost some, but not all of its power after Hurricane Irma".

Police evacuated 115 residents on Wednesday from the facility, whose air conditioning was cut by the storm. But it doesn't power the air conditioning, he said. "I believe that's why generators aren't necessarily mandated, because of how much extra juice is required". In Hollywood, where the nursing home is located, temperatures are expected to reach the 90s this week.

Early on Wednesday, several calls were placed to emergency services from the Hollywood nursing home.

"Among the lessons we learned from Katrina is the loss of air conditioning was a huge problem for hospitals and nursing homes", Cote said. The Florida Health Care Association, a nursing-home industry group, said Wednesday morning that about 150 of almost 700 nursing facilities in the state do not have electricity fully restored. That could include battery-operated fans, she said.

7SkyForce HD was over the scene where officials were continuing to evacuate those in the nursing home. When tornadoes ripped across Alabama in 2011, they flattened an assisted-living center, tore through a brand-new senior housing complex and ripped apart a nursing home, where four dozen residents massed in hallways, praying as trees crashed down and a cloud of dust rained upon them. There are more than 3,000 such places in Florida.

Calls to the owner and other officials at the Hollywood home were not immediately returned, but the facility's administrator, Jorge Carballo, said in a statement that it was "cooperating fully with relevant authorities to investigate the circumstances that led to this unfortunate and tragic outcome".

"We often see that injuries and deaths after disaster in the United States are more common than those actually caused by the disaster itself", Kirsch said.

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"A concrete box gets hot really, really fast". In Broward County, 300,000 were without power and in Palm Beach about 260,000 outages were reported, according to the company.

Nursing home regulators, during 2014 and 2016 inspections, cited Hollywood Hills for violating regulations regarding generator maintenance and testing, along with other safety code issues such as fire protective construction around exits.

State records show Williamsburg Landing is licensed to have 100 beds.

Knapp called the Hollywood Hills death "a tragedy".

"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.

Authorities say it appears Interstate 75 will remain open throughout Florida for people returning home after fleeing Hurricane Irma because a potential flooding threat has subsided. Others were struggling with getting fuel for functioning generators.

The move is being done "to make the residents more comfortable", Henderson said.

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