Irma: Five dead at Florida nursing home left without power

Posted September 14, 2017

SC governor Henry McMaster on Tuesday lifted an evacuation order that had been in effect on the barrier islands in the southern part of the state. "We have no cell service, no electricity, and no water", Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers said. "Although the details of these reported deaths are still under investigation, this situation is unfathomable". I just don't know."The governor said it was way too early to put a dollar estimate on the damage.During its march up Florida's west coast, Irma swamped homes, uprooted trees, flooded streets, snapped miles of power lines and toppled construction cranes.In a parting shot, it triggered severe flooding around Jacksonville in the state's northeastern corner".

The incident happened at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills at 1200 N. 35th Avenue, Hollywood Police officials said.

While almost all of Florida was engulfed by the massive storm, the Keys - home to about 70,000 people - appeared to be the hardest hit. The nursing home remains without power due to Irma. It was not immediately clear whether the facility had a backup generator, as required by Florida law. Most of the deaths are believed to be heat related.

Altogether, more than 100 patients there were found to be suffering in the heat and were evacuated, many on stretchers or in wheelchairs.

"There are various basic patients", Story said.

All nursing home facilities are required to have an emergency management plan. Three patients were found dead in the facility and others were found there "in need of immediate transport", officials said. A kitchen worker told the Miami Herald that the nursing home was using its generator's power to cook food but not to power its air conditioning.

Firefighters have emptied 115 individuals from the nursing home. There's been a bankruptcy, a change of ownership and Medicare inspectors have given this place below-average ratings. Ten Florida hospitals are now closed and are continuing to coordinate with the state on reopening. When tornadoes ripped across Alabama in 2011, they flattened an assisted-living centre, tore through a brand-new senior housing complex and ripped apart a nursing home, where four dozen residents massed in hallways, praying as trees crashed down and a cloud of dust rained upon them. The number of people remaining in shelters fell to under 13,000. "And we're not leaving". He said he's been calling Florida Power & Light for days to get it fixed.

"What we've seen is something extremely tragic", Mr. Gould said.

There were still more than nine-million people across the state without power on Wednesday, and utility officials say it could be another week or more until power is fully restored.

WSBTV in Atlanta reports that the death toll from Hurricane Irma reached 23 on Wednesday morning.

In Marathon Key, a Publix grocery store opened under police guard on Tuesday, but residents could buy only 20 items each, and no cigarettes or alcohol allowed, said 70-year-old retiree Elaine Yaquinto.

"It made me feel like normal", she said.

President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, were to visit Florida to survey the damage on Thursday. County officials said calls for help started coming in beginning at 4 a.m., and that most came from within the facility itself.

Neighbors said this was a family of five, including three minors. The air conditioning was working when he left Tuesday night, he said, but when he returned Wednesday, it was not running. "They haven't told us anything".