Eight die in sweltering Florida nursing home without power in Irma's aftermath

Eight die in sweltering Florida nursing home without power in Irma's aftermath

Of the 141 patients who were evacuated, 70 were discharged from the hospital as of Thursday, city officials said.

Firefighters and medics responding to a Wednesday emergency call in Hollywood north of Miami found three people dead inside a building whose second floor the police chief later described as "extremely hot".

"We are devastated by these losses", Carballo said.

"We're going to be there".

Three residents died in the facility and five more perished at the hospital or on the way.

The woman with the camera then goes out into the hallway, where a naked woman who appears to be sleeping or unconscious is slouched on a gurney.

Attempts by Reuters to reach representatives of the for-profit nursing home by phone and email went unanswered.

Several nursing homes have been evacuated because of a lack of power or air conditioning, while utility workers raced help dozens of others still lacking electricity as of Thursday.

In all, 141 patients were evacuated from the facility.

Meanwhile, detectives were combing through the Hollywood facility where eight elderly residents died amid sweltering heat.

The centre said the hurricane knocked out a transformer that powered the air conditioning.

Across the street from the nursing home sat a fully air-conditioned hospital, Memorial Regional.

Florida Power & Light provided electricity to parts of the nursing home in Hollywood but the facility was not on a county priority list for emergency power restoration, the utility said.

Nursing homes in Florida are required by law to file an emergency plan that includes evacuation plans for residents.

State records revealed a variety of problems at the centre.

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This requires all assisted living facilities and nursing homes to obtain ample resources, including generators and the appropriate amount of fuel to maintain comfortable temperatures for at least 96-hours following a power outage.

Paulburn Bogle, a member of the housekeeping staff, said after the air conditioning failed, the staff used fans, put cold towels and ice on patients and gave them cold drinks. Rick Scott has directed Florida's agency for healthcare administration to remove the rehabilitation center from the Medicaid program.

The Florida Department of Health and the Agency for Health Care Administration addressed the timeline Friday, saying, "It is 100 percent the responsibility of health care professionals to preserve life by acting in the best interest of the health and well-being of their patients".

Trump, speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One on Thursday after touring damage from Hurricane Irma on Florida's west coast, said "we've had bigger storms than this" when asked about climate change.

"I want to thank everybody", Trump said.

Federal law now requires that nursing homes be kept between 71 and 81 degrees and have a backup power source in case of emergency. "At what point is it enough?" said Hollywood, Florida, Mayor Josh Levy.

Brent Leathwood, a realtor in Sarasota who is originally from Burlington, Ont., said about 80 per cent of his Canadian customers are fully insured even though tougher building codes after hurricane Andrew have helped to minimize damage. The power generator was working, and the staff stocked up on seven days' worth of food and water. He added that "I don't know what he's going to do".

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"That is a hard proposition", she said.

Glendale Owens, the daughter of one of the men who died, said she last visited her father in the nursing home Monday and everything seemed fine.

"We went by to see her the day before she passed away", Johnson told CNN's Chris Cuomo on Thursday.

"People are telling me different things", she said Wednesday evening.

Without central air conditioning, residents were kept in hallways near the cooling units. Some are in critical condition, she said.

Moulder's attorney, Bill Dean, said Moulder visited her mother on Monday and anxious about the heat.

A third call later came in as well, police said.

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