6 dead FL nursing home that lost power during Irma

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6 dead FL nursing home that lost power during Irma

"I am going to aggressively demand answers on how this tragic event took place", he said a statement.

In recent years the facility has been cited twice for violations related to federal requirements about its backup power capabilities. 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. "Can't give you anything more specific than that at this point".

SC governor Henry McMaster on Tuesday lifted an evacuation order that had been in effect on the barrier islands in the southern part of the state.

Hollywood police have begun a criminal investigation into the deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, while the Agency for Health Care Administration and Department of Children & Families have begun their own investigations.

"There are numerous bridges of support that have to be inspected before we can put commodities down the roadway to support citizens", Brock told CNN. The Associated Press reported that before the deaths at the Hollywood nursing home, Irma was blamed for a combined 19 fatalities in Florida, Georgia and SC. In both instances, the nursing home corrected these deficiencies.

Footage from the scene on Wednesday morning showed patients being rolled out of the nursing home on stretchers and taken to Memorial Regional Hospital.

The home is directly across from a hospital.

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

The number of people without electricity in the steamy late-summer heat dropped to 9.5 million - just under half of Florida's population. He said Broward County did not list the facility as critical infrastructure - the places where restoring power is a top priority after a storm - in a hurricane planning meeting earlier this year.

Gould said the incident at Hollywood Hills emphasises that all facilities need to have backup plans in case power is lost during storms.

Meanwhile, in Texas, family members of residents living at a Port Arthur nursing home that was flooded during Hurricane Harvey are taking legal action against the facility.

The Florida Health Care Association also released a statement calling the situation "a profound tragedy".

One of the issues facing the nursing homes was ensuring they have enough fuel on hand to power their generators on a continuous basis, she noted. As of 2016, Florida had about 680 nursing homes. In addition, there are more than 3,100 assisted living facilities with over 99,000 beds.

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