Family of Victim Sues Fla. Nursing Home Where 8 Died

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Irma, which ranked as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record before striking the USA mainland as a Category 4 hurricane on September 10, killed at least 84 people.

Vendetta Craig's mother, 87-year-old Edna Jefferson, was one of the 145 patients evacuated. "So I hope he runs for Senate". "It is just senseless". Almost 2.7 million homes and businesses, about 1 in 4 Florida customers, remain without power.

Cristina Bichachi, the former business development director at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, told the Associated Press that the air conditioning went on the fritz "many, many times" during the three years she worked there.

Several nursing homes have been evacuated because of a lack of power or air conditioning, while utility workers raced help dozens of others still lacking electricity as of Thursday.

Facing a situation that was out of control, doctors and fire officials ultimately chose to transfer all the patients to the hospital, where dozens were treated for respiratory distress, dehydration and heat exhaustion, officials said.

In all, 141 patients were evacuated from the facility.

Scott also announced Thursday night that the nursing home will no longer receive state Medicaid funds. It was "terribly hot", she added, but at least the elevator was working.

The center, which police sealed off as a crime scene on Wednesday, was officially ordered closed to new admissions by the state's Agency for Health Care Administration. In both instances, the nursing home corrected these deficiencies.

State records showed problems with fire and safety standards, as well as more serious issues with generator maintenance and testing, according to February 2016 reports by Florida Agency for Health Care Administration inspectors.

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WLRN says the Rehabilitation Center had a history of poor performance in state regulators' inspections.

"When asked if they had any medical needs or emergencies, (the nursing home) did not request assistance or indicate any medical emergency existed", Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said in a statement.

The shocking news that eight people who were residents of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Hollywood, Fla., died at the facility in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma has sparked many questions about how such a thing could happen. Trump, speaking to reporters before surveying hurricane damage in Florida, pushed back against Democratic leaders who claimed there was a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative.

"If you go back into the teens, you'll see storms that were as big or bigger".

Though the number of people with electricity has improved from earlier in the week, some 4.9 million people across the peninsula continued to wait for power.

In the Naples and Fort Myers area, Trump received updates on recovery efforts from state and local authorities and viewed damage caused by the monster storm.

The president, wearing a white baseball cap with "USA" written on it, later visited Naples, where he handed out sandwiches to residents under a blue shade pavilion.

In Fort Myers, Trump thanked federal disaster relief officials, who have contended with a pair of massive storms in Florida and Texas that have left thousands of Americans displaced.

An estimated 20 percent of Florida's gas stations had no fuel on Thursday, down from a peak of 46 percent, according to fuel information service Gas Buddy.

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