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Eight die at nursing home that had poor record with state regulators

16 September 2017

Irma, which made landfall Sunday morning in the Florida Keys as a Category Four hurricane, had triggered orders for more than six million people to flee to safety, one of the biggest evacuations in United States history.

Early on Wednesday, several calls were placed to emergency services from the Hollywood nursing home.

"Evacuating 133 people is quite an undertaking", said a police department spokesperson. "They identified which facilities were to be critical, top infrastructure facilities", Mr Gould said. Wilson is now in the emergency room at Memorial Regional Hospital, just yards from the rehabilitation center, after she and dozens of others were evacuated.

"It's a lot of trees and power lines and snapped poles", said Kate Albers, a spokeswoman for Collier County, which stretches across southwestern Florida and includes Marco Island, where Irma made her second landfall. "What we have been generally treating is dehydration, severe respiratory conditions and heat exhaustion".

Key details in the Hollywood Hills incident remain unknown, even after officials delivered an update Thursday morning.

Jeff Nova, whose 71-year-old mother Gail Nova was among the deceased, said he didn't have any information about what happened.

"I pray, I pray a lot, and I ask God to help me through it", she says.

"Approximately 150 facilities out of the almost 700 (nursing) facilities in the state do not now have full power services restored", the statement said.

Sunny, dry and breezy weekend
From there, the storm is expected to drift off to the west, toward Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas as a tropical depression. A chance of showers will arrive beginning on Wednesday as the remnants of Hurricane Irma move closer to Mid-Michigan.

Three people died at the facility in Hollywood, Florida, and three others were pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital, said officials in the city between Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

Wednesday afternoon, Florida Power and Light would only confirm that "parts of the facility itself were energized by FPL".

According to Scott, the nursing home had reported it had power and access to fans and spot coolers provided by Memorial Healthcare.

"We came here, leaving everything at home, and we go back to nothing", Lopez said. "It points to the need for having plans in advance when it comes to emergency preparation".

According to officials, the building has been without power since Hurricane Irma struck earlier this week and may have had air-conditioning issues.

Representatives of the for-profit nursing home, which had received a "below average" grade from Medicare's rating system for such facilities, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Police said the building was sealed off and a criminal investigation is underway.

A day earlier Johnson visited Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, and met with some of the almost 1,000 British military personnel sent to bolster relief efforts and security. Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said government officials had requested that power companies prioritise senior citizen communities before the hurricane hit.

Eight die at nursing home that had poor record with state regulators