Five die while removed from hurricane-hit nursing home lacking air conditioning

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He did not elaborate.

Hollywood Fire Rescue found several patients "in varying degree of medical distress and immediately began treatment" when they arrived at the Hollywood Hills facility on Wednesday morning, according to the city's statement.

The facility has a back up generator, but it does not power the air conditioning, Carballo said through a representative Wednesday morning.

As of Tuesday evening, 114 of Florida's nursing homes were relying on generators for power.

Irma wreaked total devastation in parts of the Caribbean, where at least 43 people have died. We believe at this time they may be related to the loss of power in the storm. A Tampa man died after the chain saw he was using to remove branches kicked back and cut his carotid artery.

Irma earlier left a trail of destruction in the Caribbean, where almost 40 people were killed.

State law mandates that nursing homes have emergency preparation plans in place - including emergency power options - for natural disasters.

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).

Like clockwork, stories of suffering by the oldest residents in the line of hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and other natural disasters seem to follow.

Some already had evacuated, she said, in some cases going to neighboring states that hadn't suffered Irma's widespread heavy winds.

"I'm very concerned. I'm like a family member to her", he said.

On Thursday he will visit Naples, Florida.

For many people, the life will never be same after Irma. One of the biggest worries is the fate of Florida's many senior citizens.

The storm left millions without power across Florida.

Association representatives said they had notified state nursing home regulators which facilities were without power "so utility companies can prioritize locations with the greatest need".

"For two generations, we have focused on creating a caring and safe environment", the description on its website says.

The nursing home's handyman, Dave Long, told Local 10 News, the fuse responsible for the air conditioning blew during the storm. County officials said calls for help started coming in beginning at 4 a.m., and that most came from within the facility itself.

Three of the victims were found dead at the center.

While a nursing home has been at that location almost 50 years, the Rehabilitation Center's name and registration are only two years old. But the most recent state inspection reports showed no deficiencies in the area of emergency plans.

Three of the patients who have been identified were in their 70's.

"There was no air conditioning", Randy Katz, chairman of the hospital's department of emergency medicine, said. "We have to make sure this doesn't happen again". "They haven't told us anything". Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who were affected.

"This situation is unfathomable", Scott said.

The number of people without electricity in the steamy late-summer heat was down to 6.8 million.

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