Sunshine State facing power outage and heat, 5 dead at South Florida

Kristopher Drake
September 14, 2017

The nursing home deaths were reported Wednesday in Hollywood three days after Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys and left millions statewide without power.

Florida Power & Light said on Wednesday it had provided power to part of a nursing home that housed six residents who died after the facility lost electricity due to Hurricane Irma, adding that it was not on a county priority list for emergency power restoration.

Firefighters have now evacuated 115 people from the center and have claimed that many remain in critical condition.

Earlier this week, a risky scene played out inside an assisted care facility for patients with dementia and memory impairment in Cape Coral, Florida, on the state's Gulf Coast. In Daytona Beach, one person died and three other were hospitalized after ingesting poisonous fumes from a gas generator.

According to the New York Times, Florida law requires nursing homes to be prepared for providing emergency power, food, water, supplies, and staff in an emergency. But she said when factors are constantly changing, it's impossible to have a plan that addresses every variable.

Police said a criminal investigation is underway and they are not ruling anything out. It leads the Floridians without air conditioning. The damage in his city and in his neighborhood on Cudjoe Key didn't match those dire numbers, he said.

Local authorities reported that the devastating tropical storm broke the fuse that maintained the air-conditioning units at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills.

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

"We're conducting a criminal investigation into the deaths that occurred here", Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez said at a press conference Wednesday. Authorities have warned that these devices can be deadly, noting they can easily sicken or kill people inside homes. Authorities also struggled to clear the single highway connecting the string of islands to the mainland.The Keys felt Irma's full fury when the storm blew ashore as a Category 4 hurricane Sunday morning with 130 miles per hour (209 kph) winds.

FPL, which provides electric power to Broward County, estimates it will restore power to essentially all customers along its eastern service territory by the end of this coming weekend.

Meanwhile, in Central Florida, three people were found dead inside an Orlando home Tuesday from apparent carbon monoxide poisoning, officials said.

The entire facility -which has two wings- was evacuated.

The Miami Herald quoted Flora Mitchell, a 61-year-old who had come to search for information about her sister, a resident there for 10 years. A nursing home spokesperson said that a number of its residents had been having respiratory issues.

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