Florida's elderly struggle in post-hurricane heat

Florida's elderly struggle in post-hurricane heat

Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said three were found dead at the nursing home in the city of Hollywood.

Besides the nursing home deaths, at least 14 deaths in Florida have been tied to the storm and its aftermath, with six more in SC and Georgia.

Several other nursing homes were evacuated because of a lack of power or air conditioning, and workers scrambled to keep patients cool with emergency stocks of ice and Popsicles. Like many places in Florida, the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills lost power in Hurricane Irma.

Hollywood police have begun a criminal investigation into the deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, while the Agency for Health Care Administration and Department of Children & Families have begun their own investigations.

Though the number of people with electricity had improved from earlier in the week, some 6.8 million people across the peninsula continued to wait for power, and utility officials warned it could take a week or more for all areas to be back up and running.

In Lee County, which includes Cape Coral and Fort Myers, the Florida Emergency Management Agency said 66 percent of the area's 290,000 electrical customers were still without power Wednesday.

The deaths may be due to the loss of the home's air-conditioning after Hurricane Irma struck Sunday, according to CNN affiliate WPLG. Trump said then, "if they have to go higher, they'll go higher, frankly".

Sanchez said that officers and fire crews responded Wednesday morning to a call from the facility about some patients in need of critical care.

At least 6 dead after Florida nursing home left with no A/C from Irma

A total of eight people died at the elderly home, prompting questions as to who was responsible for the deaths and how, exactly, the tragedy occurred.

At least 100 people were evacuated from the facility and an adjacent hospital.

Nearly a week after the storm more than two million homes and businesses are still without power.

The rehab center's administrator, Jorge Carballo, said the home "is cooperating fully with relevant authorities to investigate the circumstances that led to this unfortunate and tragic outcome".

"So what I'm expecting is going to happen as soon as we're able to open the gates.is you're going to see the crisis escalate again", Senterfitt said. He added that calls to Florida Power & Light had not been returned.

Irma is expected to sap demand for fuel for a time, Goldman Sachs analysts said in a note on Monday, but they cautioned that supply could remain strained because of refining capacity offline after Hurricane Harvey, which hit Texas two weeks ago.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he was "absolutely heartbroken" over the deaths, calling the situation "unfathomable".

Nursing home officials said they told Scott they needed "immediate assistance", but did not hear back from the governor. "I used to be a nurse and I watched how they did things, and I knew they would mistreat her there".

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