Dead at Florida Nursing Home Left Without AC After Irma

Katrina Barker
September 14, 2017

Police were helping to evacuate about 80 residents from the the Krystal Bay Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in North Miami Beach on Wednesday afternoon.

A kitchen worker at the center told the Miami Herald that the facility "had power from a generator to cook meals, but no air conditioning".

At least six residents died at a nursing home in Broward County, Florida, that was reportedly without air conditioning after Hurricane Irma knocked out power to portions of the county and large areas of the state, officials said Wednesday morning. Ten Florida hospitals are now closed and are continuing to coordinate with the state on reopening.

At least 25 people died when Irma pounded the Southeast earlier this week, including 12 people in Florida. The woman said she was speaking on behalf of Michel.

When asked about whether police responded quickly enough to a distress call, Sanchez said that there is dispute about when exactly the call came in, though he estimated that it was about 6 a.m. ET. Others were found in basic condition, some with inconvenience breathing, said Hollywood representative Raelin Story.

Neighbors said this was a family of five, including three minors.

Kerting Baldwin, a spokeswoman for Memorial Healthcare System, which runs four hospitals that received the evacuees, said staff were "assessing patients and tending to the health-care needs of the residents".

A neighbor told FOX35 Orlando generators were not allowed in the community, and officials across Florida are warning people to keep generators outside homes.

Local authorities reported that the devastating tropical storm broke the fuse that maintained the air-conditioning units at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills.

"We are conducting a criminal investigation inside that we believe at this time may be related to loss of power and the storm, but we are conducting criminal investigation and not ruling anything out", Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez said, adding that it was a "sad event". Almost 3.8 million power customers in the state still lacked service early Wednesday as the mammoth effort to restore electricity in the often hot and humid region continues. Irma killed 36 people in the Caribbean before heading to the United States.

First Irma slammed into the Florida Keys Sunday morning as a Category 4 hurricane, ripping roofs off of mobile homes and littering roads with debris.

Hollywood, Florida before Hurricane Irma hit.

The entire facility -which has two wings- was evacuated.

Flora Mitchell arrived at the home trying to find out what happened to her 58-year-old sister, Vonda Wilson, a stroke patient who lived there for about 10 years.

Widespread power outages: Most of the city doesn't have power, officials said.

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