Five Dead at Hollywood Nursing Home Left Without Power After Irma

The eye of Hurricane Irma passes through Naples Fla. Sunday Sept. 10 2017

The eye of Hurricane Irma passes through Naples Fla. Sunday Sept. 10 2017

All assisted living facilities and nursing homes must obtain ample resources to sustain operations and comfortable temperatures for at least 96-hours following a power outage.

By Thursday, 70 patients have been discharged from the hospital.

Some 4.2 million homes and businesses, or about 9 million people, were without power on Wednesday in Florida and nearby states.

Washington D.C. [United States], Sept 12: United States President Donald Trump has said that the devastation caused due to Hurricane Irma in the region was worst than anyone expected.

Irma killed at least 29 people in Florida, plus seven more in Georgia and SC combined, authorities said.

"Right now the building has been sealed off and we're conducting a criminal investigation inside". And he thanked the American people for their prayers, Floridians for their "great spirit", first responders, the military and "Florida officials up and down the state".

At least 34 storm-related deaths have been reported on the United States mainland, according to local officials.

Across Florida, 81 nursing homes lacked power as of Wednesday night, according to the Florida Health Care Association.

"This situation is unfathomable", he said.

Elderly residents were evacuated Wednesday morning from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills which lost power during the storm.

Some residents there awoke sick, the Miami Herald reported.

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According to facility, they received calls from an official with its parent on Monday and Tuesday, the official called multiple agencies to address the problem.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which regulates nursing homes, gives the Hollywood centre a below-average rating, two stars on its five-star scale. About 2.6 million utility customers still were without power in the state Thursday morning, officials said.

Wednesday afternoon, Florida Power and Light would only confirm that "parts of the facility itself were energized by FPL".

At a recovery center in Naples, Mr. Trump passed out bananas and pointed to a silver tin of hoagies-"Here's a nice one!"-as he mingled with residents and volunteers". Hollywood Fire Chief Christopher Pratt said it was "more than likely" that heat played a factor in the residents' conditions.

Pembroke Pines police spokeswoman Amanda Conwell told the Miami Herald that officers were at the scene.

"There's nothing we can do, ' said a 'frustrated" Long.

Craig said the facility was already understaffed, and they just couldn't handle the undertaking once Hurricane Irma hit.

Cape Coral Shores kept 20 elderly patients during the storm because local emergency shelters had been evacuated as Irma bore down on the coast.

Florida residents are counting the cost of Irma's destruction.

The Florida Keys were particularly hard hit, with federal officials saying that 25 percent of homes were destroyed and 65 percent suffered major damage.

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