At Least 8 Dead At Florida Nursing Home After Irma

5 Dead at Florida Nursing Home that Lost Power During Hurricane

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Early Wednesday morning, after responding to three calls about patients there in distress, firefighters went through the facility and found three people dead and evacuated more than 150 patients to hospitals, authorities said. The Broward County mayor says some residents at the nursing home were evacuated several days ago after waking up feeling sick.

Lisa Baker, a professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham who teaches a class on disaster preparedness and co-authored the book "Vulnerable Populations and Disasters", said each new catastrophe brings lessons of how to improve planning and response.

High temperatures at the nursing home's location were in the 90s Tuesday and Wednesday.

The nursing home had a generator but it doesn't provide power to the facility's air conditioning.

Utilities in the southeast US have restored power to almost half of the homes and businesses knocked out by Hurricane Irma, leaving 4.3M customers representing ~9M in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas without power as of midday today.

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"Parts of the facility itself were energized by FPL, I can't give you anything more specific than that at this point", FPL spokesman Rob Gould told a news conference, referring to the Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills.

The manager of a Florida nursing home where eight people died following Hurricane Irma has a history of health-care fraud accusations.

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

In addition to severe flooding across Florida and extensive property damage in the Keys, residents faced widespread power outages that initially plunged more than half the state into darkness.

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Rescue crews began evacuating the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills early Wednesday to evacuate scores more from the the facility, NBC Miami reports.

President Donald Trump was due to visit Florida on Thursday.

"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.

The website includes a federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services report that said a health inspection was conducted by the state March 31 and found a series of deficiencies at the facility. For example, the website said 25.9 percent of "short stay" residents were hospitalized again after admission to the nursing home, above the state average of 23 percent and the national average of 21.1 percent. County officials released documents showing the Hollywood facility was in compliance with that regulation and that it held a hurricane drill with its staff in October.

Four people in two different incidents in Florida died from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by electric generators. About 110,000 people remained in shelters across the state.

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