Five dead in Florida nursing home that lost power during Hurricane Irma

Hal Yeager for Kaiser Health News

Six people at a Florida nursing home have died after residents were stuck in sweltering conditions following Hurricane Irma.

WSVN-TV reported that the evacuations and deaths occurred at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills due to intense heat and no power.

In Hollywood, three patients were found dead at the nursing home early Wednesday after emergency workers received a call about a person with a heart attack, and three more died at the hospital or on the way, police said.

At least 100 people were evacuated from the facility and an adjacent hospital.

Michel is a licensed medical doctor in Florida but now is not practicing in the state, according to the Florida Department of Health.

Three further patients died later in hospital.

Following Irma, however, temperatures in Florida got hot and humid.

"It made me feel like normal", she said.

Police have started a criminal investigation into the deaths. The facility itself has power, the individual said.

While almost all of Florida was engulfed by the massive storm, the Keys - home to about 70,000 people - appeared to be the hardest hit.

The Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills was incorporated in June 2015 and the hospital announced past year that it had purchased Palm Springs General Hospital in Hialeah for $40 million.

"There's nothing we can do", employee Dave Long told WPLG-TV.

As a careful step, police are checking the other 42 nursing homes and helped living offices in the city of Hollywood, Sanchez said.

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 USA history.

Irma struck southwestern Florida on Sunday morning as a Category four storm before weakening to a tropical depression on Monday.

"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".

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

For many people, the life will never be same after Irma.

Customers who lost electricity on Florida's eastern side will likely have it restored by this weekend because fewer electrical poles came down than in other parts of the state, Florida Power & Light Co. says.

Retired nurse Flora Mitchell's 58-year-old sister Vanda Wilson has been as resident at Rehabilitation Center since suffering a stroke, which left her unable to speak or move, a decade ago.

Relatives who have family members in the facility have started to gather outside the two-story gray building that is situated among a cluster of medical facilities and hospitals.

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