5 dead at Florida nursing home after Irma knocks out power

A lake is hit by Hurricane Irma in Pembroke Pines Florida

Five elderly people have been confirmed dead in a USA nursing home in Florida after the facility was left without electricity due to Hurricane Irma as temperatures soared in the area.

Five residents of a Hollywood nursing home that lost power in the storm died, authorities said Wednesday.

Jeff Nova, whose 71-year-old mother Gail Nova was among the deceased, said he didn't have any information about what happened.

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

While the causes of their deaths were not immediately clear, the facility, Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, was evacuated due to the cooling issues.

A total of 133 patients were evacuated, 118 were medical patients at the Rehabilitation Center and 18 were patients at the center's behavioral wing. The feds alleged those patients came from assisted living facilities owned by Michel and other physicians. Officials did not reveal what prompted the evacuation. He did not elaborate.

At least five people died and more than a dozen were treated after breathing carbon monoxide fumes from generators in the Orlando, Miami and Daytona Beach areas.

The people who died Wednesday in South Florida were part of a death toll that, while relatively low compared to other massive storms, has slowly climbed in recent days.

Irma has also been blamed for the death of four people in SC and two in Georgia.

Irma cut power to millions of Floridians and killed more than 54 people across the Caribbean and southeastern United States as it rampaged across the Atlantic.

Family members of the patients can call (954) 265-1074 to check on the status of their loved ones.

"I am absolutely heartbroken to learn of news reports of the deaths of multiple individuals in a nursing home in Broward Count, he said".

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., said he spoke with the Secretary of Health and Human Services to get to the bottom of the tragedy.

Three further patients died later in hospital.

The neighboring Larkin Community Hospital was also being evacuated, Local 10 reports.

Under Obama-era rules, residents who are harmed by inappropriate temperatures could likely sue their care centers for negligence or abuse.

She said she had yet to see any state or federal agencies or utility companies working on the ground yet.

The facility's administrator did not return messages left by The Washington Post. "She proceeded to pick up the plastic bag off the floor and placed it back on the clean wound care supply field".

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