5 dead after Florida nursing home loses power due to Irma

One person died at the Rehabilitation Center in Hollywood Hills

One person died at the Rehabilitation Center in Hollywood Hills

He did not elaborate. "We saw that there were a number of people in respiratory distress and other distress" as rescuers arrived on scene, a spokeswoman said. Larkin bought what was then called Hollywood Hills Nursing Home and Hollywood Pavilion Hospital in a 2015 bankruptcy auction after fallout from Medicare fraud convictions sunk both facilities.

"I am demanding answers", he tweeted.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which regulates nursing homes, gives the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills a below-average rating, two stars on its five-star scale.

The Florida Keys took a direct hit from Irma at one of the storm's most powerful points. Irma killed 36 people in the Caribbean before heading to the United States. A Tampa man died after the chainsaw he was using to remove branches kicked back and cut his carotid artery. Another 18 patients from a nearby behavioral health center were evacuated as well. Patients were treated for dehydration, breathing difficulties and other heat-related ills, authorities said.

Firefighters are helping evacuate about 100 people from the nursing home.

"(We) quickly identified some issues inside the facility with fire rescue and immediately evacuated the building", Katz said. Hurricane Katrina was followed by harrowing tales from St. Rita's nursing home, where dozens died.

The Florida Health Care Association represents 81 percent of the state's nursing homes. As of 2016, Florida had about 680 nursing homes.

Officials warn it could take upward of 10 days for power to be fully restored. More than 300,000 customers in the county, or a third of the total, are still without power as of midday Wednesday. "We're clearing them as fast as we can". "And we're not leaving".

The ongoing outages getting worse with Florida's heat.

In the dark: According to state officials, more than 50,000 customers were without power in Monroe County, which includes the Keys.

It's still not clear how many casualties Irma caused on the Keys.

Irma's wrath came on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, which tore through parts of Texas at the end of August. When residents of the lower Keys are finally allowed to return they will find nearly total devastation. The woman said she was speaking on behalf of Michel.

"I have no idea, but I'm trying to stay positive", Rose said.

President Donald Trump is set to make his first visit to the region Thursday to see the devastation.

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.

Officials said 18 additional patients from a second adjoining facility were also being relocated due to the investigation, though these patients were "not medically compromised". The damage in his city and in his neighborhood on Cudjoe Key didn't match those dire numbers, he said. The air conditioning was working when he left Tuesday night, he said, but when he returned Wednesday, it was not running. However, it is conducting a criminal investigation to find out just what happened. "They haven't told us anything".

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