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Six now dead from nursing home that lost power

Six now dead from nursing home that lost power”

Eight residents died at a Florida nursing home which has been without power since Hurricane Irma and the state governor vowed a full investigation Wednesday into what he called an "unfathomable" event.

Three people were dead when authorities arrived at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, Tomas Sanchez, police chief in Hollywood, Fla., told reporters Wednesday.

North Carolina reported its first Irma-related death on Friday after a man died from carbon monoxide poisoning, and two more people died in Florida from the unsafe fumes, including a woman in Palm Beach County.

A criminal investigation was underway, Hollywood police said.

After Hurricane Irma passed through Florida, 4.4 million FPL customers were without power.

Hurricane Irma apparently left the facility without air conditioning.

- 94 degrees (34 Celsius) is what the heat and humidity feel like in South Florida. During those conference calls he gave out a cell phone number and said if any of the healthcare centers experienced trouble they should call him at that number and he would work to resolve their problem. Customers in the hard-hit neighborhoods in southwest Florida, where damage was much more extensive, were expected to get power restored within 10 days. Headquartered in Juno Beach, Florida, NextEra Energy's principal subsidiaries are Florida Power & Light Company, which serves almost 5 million customer accounts in Florida and is one of the largest rate-regulated electric utilities in the United States, and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun. "I would be remiss if i didn't say our deepest sympathies goes out to the families of those (who) lost their lives", Gould said.

Stepped-up safety checks came after the deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, which shocked Florida's top leaders as they surveyed destruction from a storm that spread its punishing effects across the entire state. Authorities said that five people died and more than a dozen were treated for breathing fumes from the temporary power sources in separate instances in the Orlando, Miami and Daytona Beach areas.

Air Force One will land at the Southwestern Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers and will visit Naples, a White House official said. Four others were taken to a nearby hospital in various conditions. CEO Jacob Solomon said the group encouraged people to evacuate before the storm if they could, but now they're focused on helping them in their homes.

At Century Village in Pembroke Pines, more than half of the residential buildings — 77 of 144 — were still without power Wednesday afternoon. County officials released documents showing that the Hollywood facility was in compliance with that regulation and that it held a hurricane drill with its staff in October. Residents had been temporarily evacuated when the storm lashed South Florida, but they came back around the time the electricity went out.

Older people can be more susceptible to heat because their bodies do not adjust to temperatures as well as those of younger people.

At the Hollywood nursing home, Jean Lindor, a kitchen worker, said through a Haitian Creole translator that the air conditioner had not been working since the storm and it had been hot inside. One woman who talked to us - her name was Flora Mitchell.



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