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8 dead at Florida nursing home left without power after Irma

8 dead at Florida nursing home left without power after Irma

But the extent of the damage has been an unanswered question for days because some places have been unreachable. She adds that utility providers have said they hope to have power restored for all of southeastern Florida by the weekend. They are all OK - a generator is keeping them cool, he said.

The facility reported yesterday that its fans and spot coolers were in working order, and that it had power, according to the statement.

"It takes a long time to not only to clear the pathways to get power crews in, but also fixing the infrastructure and making sure you have the right equipment" in the areas that need fixing, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said Wednesday.

Police responded and chose to evacuate. The transformer for the building came back on after the storm. But with no family in the area and neighbors who are gone or unwilling to help, the NY native feels cut off from the world. The electricity is out in her condo, so there's no television for news.

Power losses in Georgia, which were nearing 900,000 as of 3 p.m. EDT, were expected to increase as the storm moved north. VIDEOS: AFTERMATH OF IRMANear the point of despair, remembering to take her medicine or locating her cane are nearly insurmountable challenges. I don't know what happened inside.

"We don't know if she's in there", said Gloria Flora Mitchell, who was searching for her 58-year-old sister, who previously suffered a stroke and can not speak.

Some residents there awoke sick, the Miami Herald reported. "If we can maintain them in their environment, that would be the choice". They didn't leave then. She celebrated her 20th birthday this week by waking up in her vehicle with her husband and 2-year-old daughter. Utility officials warned it could take a week or more for all areas to be back up and running.

Furious officials launched investigations of a blazing hot Florida nursing home where eight people were found dead Wednesday after the building was left without power by Hurricane Irma.

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The storm - which has claimed more than two dozen lives in the United States - struck southwestern Florida on Sunday morning as a category four hurricane before weakening to a tropical depression on Monday.

The chief said 115 people were evacuated from the nursing home.

In one of the latest actions to protect older residents, firefighters helped relocate 122 people late Wednesday from two assisted living centers near Orlando that had been without power since Hurricane Irma.

Patients from a behavioral unit of another nearby facility, the Larkin Community Hospital, were also being evacuated, officials said.

By the afternoon, five more had died.

"We're looking into the temperatures inside the facility, the staffing inside the facility and the condition leading up to these incidents", said Storey who also confirmed that police had received a warrant to search inside the facility.

Authorities executed a search warrant at the nursing home on Thursday.

She said the rest of the eight victims died on Wednesday and 145 patients were evacuated. "We cared for them like family". The state, too, has its own lousy record of regulation. The 152-bed rehab center provides short-term rehabilitative services and long-term care, according to its website. Another 2016 report found problems with respecting patient dignity and maintaining housekeeping services. "Someone's got to answer for this". In uncooled rooms in the retirement home it would have soared far higher.