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17 September 2017, 01:08 | Max Haynes
6 dead, 115 evacuated at Florida nursing home
The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills said in a statement Wednesday that Hurricane Irma had knocked out a transformer that powered its air conditioning. For example, it said the facility's certified nursing assistants significantly exceeded state and national averages for the amounts of time they spent with each resident daily. Most of the deaths are believed to be heat related.
Information on the state Agency for Health Care Administration's website said the nursing home's current license was effective July 17 and expires July 16, 2019.
High temperatures at the nursing home's location were in the 90s Tuesday and Wednesday.
"It's a sad event", said Tomas Sanchez, the police chief in Hollywood, the city north of Miami where the retirement facility is located.
The facility is not the only Florida nursing home that has been left without power by Irma.
Eight residents died at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills after the facility lost air conditioning.
"As with millions of other Floridians, our centers are coping with the loss of power and infrastructure in the communities that were most affected by the devastation", the Florida Health Care Association said in a statement Wednesday.
Though the number of people with electricity had drastically improved from earlier in the week, some 6.8 million people across the peninsula continued to wait for power, and utility officials warned it could take a week or more for all areas to be back up and running.
FPL has said earlier this week that the company prioritizes restoring power to critical facilities such as hospitals, police and fire stations, communications centers, water treatment plants, transportation and shelter.
In addition to severe flooding across Florida and extensive property damage in the Keys, residents faced widespread power outages that initially plunged more than half the state into darkness.
President Donald Trump was due to visit Florida on Thursday.
"We're conducting a criminal investigation, not ruling anything out at this time", police Chief Tom Sanchez said.
7SkyForce HD was over the scene where officials were continuing to evacuate those in the nursing home.
Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., said he is asking the secretary of health and human services to look into what happened. He declined to say whether the electricity was entirely out at the facility or if only the air conditioning was out, saying that was still under investigation.
Keefe said about one-third of Broward County was still without power.
"Our son was very uncomfortable - he couldn't sleep, he was sweating, and he was out of his routine", said Guillen, sitting in the lobby of the hotel with her family.
All across Florida and the American southeast, people have grappled with the aftermath of Irma, which slammed into the Sunshine State over the weekend and tore apart trees and buildings with slashing winds and pounding rain.
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