6 dead at FL nursing home that lost power during Hurricane Irma


"We implemented our mass casualty protocols, and we were able to get people over here and help evacuate the patients that were in that building", Judy Frum, Chief Nursing Officer at the Memorial Healthcare System said.

"As ANY health care provider knows to do, if their patients are in danger - they MUST call 911", Scott said in a written statement. A late morning news release said a total of six have died.

The causes of the deaths for the residents, who ranged in ages from 71 to 99, are under investigation to see whether any of them were heat-related, said Raelin Storey, director of public affairs for the City of Hollywood.

Police have launched a criminal investigation.

The rest of the center's patients were evacuated.

But state records revealed a variety of problems at the center. He added that the center immediately contacted Florida Power & Light and continued to follow up with them for status updates on when repairs would be made.

His visit came as British Prime Minister Theresa May announced an extra £25 million ($33.2 million, 27.2 million euros) in aid for Caribbean territories devastated by Hurricane Irma.

As crews labored to fix the lone highway connecting the Keys, residents of some of the islands closest to Florida's mainland were allowed to return and get their first look at the devastation two days after Irma roared in with 130 miles per hour (209 kph) winds.

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"Basically, every house in the Keys was impacted", he said. The state had 1.1 million customers without electricity, down from 1.5 million on Friday, according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management. 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 risky fumes, including a woman in Palm Beach County. "It just doesn't seem to be going anywhere and I can't do anything until we get that fuse popped back in". Days after Irma passed, nearly 80 percent of homes and businesses were still without electricity, and floodwaters still covered some communities entirely.

Traveling to the region so quickly came with challenges, however; because Trump did not want to divert resources from search and recovery efforts, he was unable to view the damage up close or meet Texans displaced by the storm. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio planned to address at a joint news conference Wednesday morning with growers. Utility officials warned it could take a week or more for all areas to be back up and running.

One man complained loudly that the line had too many gaps. However, some remain critical of FEMA and other resources during this storm. "You go, you check on them, you make sure they have water and food and that's it", he said. "The order of the day is to keep people calm".

Trump is touring the storm damage in Florida, where many remain swamped and without electricity. As many as 100 hospital employees rushed over to help. Homes were torn open to give a glimpse of their contents, including a bedroom with a small Christmas tree decorated with starfish.

Gillum said he found the incident disturbing and also called for a second look into the deaths. The sight was too much to bear.

Although the Keys are studded with mansions and beachfront resorts, about 13 percent of the people live in poverty and could face big obstacles as the cleanup begins. "There are not as many beds and facilities available as there are people with needs".

"We've just gotten word on the Keys".