Dead, 120 Evacuated From Hollywood, Florida Nursing Home


Police have begun a criminal investigation of the deaths at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, 1200 N 35th Ave. The victims' identities were not immediately made public. The youngest was 70, according to the Broward County Medical Examiner's office.

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

The image above shows just how close Hollywood Hills nursing home is (on the right) to Memorial Hospital (on the left). Sharief said she had asked the utility company to prioritize getting power back for assisted living, nursing home and senior care centers. "I don't know what he's going to do". "We have old, sick, frail, vulnerable people here".

The governor's office denies being contacted by the nursing home, saying "at no time" did the facility report conditions had become risky.

At least 10 people were killed when Irma hit Cuba as a category five hurricane, the island nation's worst hurricane death toll since 16 died in Hurricane Dennis in 2005.

He said investigators "have not ruled anything", including carbon monoxide from generators. A Tampa man died after the chain saw he was using to remove branches kicked back and cut his carotid artery.

A 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.

They were joined by first lady Melania Trump at Naples Estates, a mobile home community for people 55 and older.

"If they find that anyone wasn't acting in the best interests of their patients, we will hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law", the governor said.

Over the course of the record breaking storm, almost 7 million people were ordered to evacuate from their homes.

Phone calls to the nursing home went unanswered Wednesday morning. In the hard-hit southwestern part of the state, Lee County schools Superintendent Greg Adkins announced classes will begin September 25 after most of the district's buildings received minor damage or worse.

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Trump told state officials and first responders that his administration is trying to keep people "as happy as we can under the circumstances".

The number of people without electricity in the steamy late-summer heat was down to 6.8 million. About 110,000 people remained in shelters across the state.

Elsewhere around the state, a Coral Gables apartment building was evacuated after authorities determined a lack of power made it unsafe for elderly tenants.

Wolf said the generator was never delivered to his home, however. "And we're not leaving".

"What has happened here is inexcusable", Florida Sen.

There were still more than nine-million people across the state without power on Wednesday, and utility officials say it could be another week or more until power is fully restored.

"Things look real damaged from the air, but when you clear the trees and all the debris, it's not much damage to the houses", said Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers.

Donald Trump has visited communities torn up by Hurricane Irma in Florida - handing out food to families whose homes were destroyed by the storm. It may have had air conditioning problems, they added.

"There is no reason whatsoever those individuals should have been in a home that hot for that many days", Flores said. The staff used fans, put cold towels and ice on patients and gave them cold drinks, he said. The home was sued twice in 2016 over the deaths of two patients who allegedly died "from infection and dehydration - and the other from pressure sores".

But kitchen worker Jean Lindor told the Miami Herald there was no air conditioning and the center had a generator that provided enough power to cook meals.