Hurricane Irma: Investigation Begins After Eight Found Dead at Florida Nursing Home

Hurricane Irma: No power, blocked roads add to frustrations in Florida

Police opened a criminal investigation at the nursing home in Broward Contry, which is north of Miami.

As a precaution, police are also visiting 42 other facilities in the city to make sure patients are okay.

"(We) quickly identified some issues inside the facility with fire rescue and immediately evacuated the building", Katz said.

An initial news release from the city of Hollywood said that three patients were found dead in the facility early Wednesday, while others were taken to the hospital and pronounced dead there.

One Miami-area apartment building was evacuated Tuesday after authorities determined a lack of power made it unsafe for elderly tenants, while officers arrived at another retirement community to help people stranded on upper floors who didn't have access to working elevators. But after more deaths sparked new questions about conditions at the center, the body was claimed by the medical examiner.

Conservative MP James Duddridge, who was a Foreign Office minister with responsibility for the Caribbean and British Overseas Territories, said: "It is absolutely essential we change these rules".

Scott urged first responders to check health care facilities after eight patients died at a nursing home with no air conditioning three days after Irma ravaged the state.

He said most of the patients admitted to hospital have been treated for respiratory distress, dehydration, and heat- related issues.

A criminal investigation has been launched into deaths of Bobby Owens, 84; Manuel Mario Medieta, 96; Miguel Antonio Franco, 92; Estella Hendricks, 71; Gail Nova, 71; Carolyn Eatherly, 78; Betty Hibbard, 84; and Albertina Vega, 99.

"We work with them to understand what those facilities are, and then we address those facilities initially", Mr. Gould said, regarding meetings with counties.

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Before the hurricane smashed into the USA mainland over the weekend, it struck northern Caribbean islands, leaving at least 44 people dead, authorities said. He added: "As of Tuesday, [the facility] was reporting that everything was OK, that it was using portable air conditioners and fans".

At least six people died apparently of carbon monoxide poisoning from generators in Florida.

The utility said it urges facilities with patients dependent on electricity-powered equipment, and who don't have power, to call 911 if there is a life-threatening situation. Today, five nursing home patients in Hollywood succumbed to the Florida heat and died early this morning.

Police said 115 seniors were evacuated from facility at 1200 N.E. 35 Ave.

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.

Kitchen worker Jean Lindor told the newspaper a generator allowed staff to cook but did not provide the facility with air conditioning.

Florida has more than 680 nursing homes that house about 73,000 residents, the Florida Health Care Association said.

How hot did it get inside the nursing home?

Numerous seniors were rushed to Memorial Regional Hospital after more than 150 of them were evacuated. Floridians are suffering without power and heat is also become troublesome for people in the state which is known for the sweltering temperatures.

In Green Cove Springs, on the St. John's River just south of Jacksonville, many families need a canoe to get to their front doors.

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