Irma: Five dead at Florida nursing home left without power

A lake is hit by Hurricane Irma in Pembroke Pines Florida

"Although the details of these reported deaths are still under investigation, this situation is unfathomable".

"It's a sad event", Tomas Sanchez, the Hollywood Police Chief, told a news conference where he said an investigation was under way.

Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said she had raised concerns with the utility on Tuesday about getting power to senior homes, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills is not part of the Memorial Healthcare System.

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Hollywood, Fla., was evacuated on September 13, 2017. One wound-care nurse was observed doing the following, according to the inspection report: "She placed the used scissors on the clean wound care supply field and without removing her gloves, washing her hands and donning new gloves, she cleansed the left heel wound with sterile normal saline and dried the area with dry gauze". FPL expects to have the power completely restored by Sunday.

In recent years the facility has been cited twice for violations related to federal requirements about its backup power capabilities.

"We work with them to understand what those facilities are, and then we address those facilities initially", Mr. Gould said, regarding meetings with counties. "It points to the need for having plans in advance when it comes to emergency preparation". The other three deaths occurred at or en route to a hospital, police said. The number of people remaining in shelters fell to under 13,000.

The bridge that crosses the river is just north of Gainesville, the state capital and home to the University of Florida. "Communication is lacking in many portions of Monroe County". For three days, the facility lacked power, and for three days, elderly patients suffered in rising heat.

The governor said he has ordered a probe by state authorities. At least 37 people were killed in the Caribbean.

The nursing home has had a list of safety violations and citations, including two for not following generator regulations in 2014 and 2016.

Even as Irma dissipated and moved inland, another danger emerged for those without power: generators.

In both cases nursing home administrators said they would rectify the problems. In Daytona Beach, one person died and three other were hospitalized after ingesting poisonous fumes from a gas generator.

The Keys were largely evacuated by the time Irma barreled ashore as a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of up to 130 miles per hour (215 km/hour). Jacksonville, a sprawling city on the state's northeast coast, was deluged with historic flooding.

Officials across Florida are warning people to keep generators outside their homes. Sharieff said all roads should be passable by the end of the week.

Across the state, the explanations for the outages were visible alongside the road. She said there were 2,840 crews working throughout the county.

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