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Nine million people without power as Irma death toll climbs

Nine million people without power as Irma death toll climbs”

"The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills expresses its deepest sympathy to the family members of the residents who passed away following a prolonged outage of our air conditioning system due to Hurricane Irma", the nursing home said this week. The Florida Health Care Association, a nursing-home industry group, said Wednesday morning that about 150 of almost 700 nursing facilities in the state do not have electricity fully restored.

The Hollywood center where the deaths occurred had earned a "below average" mark of two out of five stars from the nursing home rating system for Medicare, the US health insurance program for the elderly and disabled, Medicare records showed.

The electricity is out in her condo, so there's no television for news.

"The suspicion is that these deaths should not have occurred", NPR's Jon Hamilton reports from the scene.

Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay said residents of Marathon Key could return to their homes Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. ET.

Statewide, 64 nursing homes were still waiting Thursday for full power, according to the Florida Health Care Association.

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

But most of the surviving patients were treated for "respiratory distress, dehydration and heat-related issues", Memorial Regional Hospital's emergency medical director, Dr.

In a later statement, Carballo said, "The center and its medical and administrative staff diligently prepared" for the hurricane.

A timeline of events issued by the nursing home shows administrators repeatedly called Florida Power & Light and state officials after a transformer powering its air conditioning system went out during the storm on Sunday.

Scott's statement said Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration and the Department of Children and Families also have launched investigations.

Trump also said they are "way ahead of schedule" in restoring power back to parts of Florida.

"We're working very hard on that, and we have a lot of goods out there, a lot of water, food, a lot of everything", the president said.

"We are devastated by these losses", he said in a statement. The evacuation included 115 patients from the nursing home and 18 from a nearby behavioral facility. Jon says that "apparently, the facility lost some, but not all of its power after Hurricane Irma".

"There are more electrical people in this state, I think, than ever accumulated anywhere in the world", the president said, referring to the scores of fix teams that have poured in from several states.

Hollywood, Fla., police Chief Tom Sanchez said investigators believe the deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were heat-related.

Temperatures on Tuesday in Hollywood reached 32C (90F), according to the National Weather Service. He said he was impressed with the state's recovery thus far, but that some areas may take longer to recover fully.

While sheltering in place can be preferable at times, she said, doing so requires planning to survive the aftermath.

One of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record, Irma bore down on the Caribbean with devastating force as it raked the northern shore of Cuba last week.

"The challenge, I think, for us will be. between here and Marathon", Key West City Manager Jim Scholl said.



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