8 dead in Florida nursing home Irma left without air conditioning

8 dead in Florida nursing home Irma left without air conditioning

"The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills has evacuated this morning due to a prolonged power failure to the transformer which powered the facility's air conditioning system as a result of the hurricane".

At least six nursing home residents died today in Florida after being left with no A/C following Hurricane Irma.

Three patients were found dead in the facility and others were "in need of immediate transport", officials said.

"I don't know that there is a ideal way", she said.

The neighboring Larkin Community Hospital was also being evacuated, Local 10 reports.

The Electric Cooperatives of SC reported almost 15,000 customers without power, majority in Oconee and Charleston counties.

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills has a health inspection rating of "much below average" by the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration, which evaluates all long-term care facilities in the state for the USA government.

"It's a sad state of affairs", Sanchez said. Patients were treated for dehydration, breathing difficulties and other heat-related ills, authorities said. They have opened up a criminal investigation into the deaths.

The home said in a statement that the hurricane had knocked out a transformer that powered the AC.

Television footage showed rescue crews arriving at the facility shortly after 7.30am on Wednesday and patients sitting outside in wheelchairs. The new rule would allow nursing homes to require that residents agree to arbitration in lieu of a dispute in court, a process that is argued to be more efficient, but also tends to be less favorable for the plaintiff and reward far less in compensation. The Associated Press reported that before the deaths at the Hollywood nursing home, Irma was blamed for a combined 19 fatalities in Florida, Georgia and SC.

Four people in two different incidents in Florida died from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by electric generators.

"A number of people were in respiratory and other distresses", said Sanchez.

The company said its customers on the state's east coast should expect most power to be restored by about September 17, while customers on the state's west coast should expect that by September 22.

"There's nothing we can do, ' said a 'frustrated" Long.

Elsewhere, at least 13 people are believed to have been killed in Florida in Irma-related circumstances.

She said she had yet to see any state or federal agencies or utility companies working on the ground yet. It may have had air conditioning problems, they added.

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