8 dead at Florida nursing home left without power after Irma

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are in Florida after Hurricane Irma

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are in Florida after Hurricane Irma

Hollywood authorities say an issue with an air-conditioning unit at The Rehabilitation Center nursing home led to the evacuation of 115 people and the deaths of eight residents.

Police said they have obtained a search warrant for the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, a facility that had a history of citations and poor inspections.

Three died at the nursing home, and five at the hospital according to the New York Post. We are fully cooperating with all authorities and regulators to assess what went wrong and to ensure our other residents are cared for'.

Aerial footage showed patients sitting outside in wheelchairs and others being taken out of the facility on stretchers.

Florida's healthcare agency ordered the nursing home on Thursday to be suspended from the state Medicaid program.

After air conditioning was lost on Sunday, the day of the storm, the facility "allowed its residents to swelter in the heat, and reside in unsafe and unsanitary conditions", according to the complaint.

The facility's air conditioning system stopped working after a transformer had "prolonged power failure", an administrator for the nursing home told NBC 6.

As patients suffered at the Rehabilitation Center, help wasn't far away: The facility is located across the street from a medical complex that includes the Memorial Regional Hospital - where the center's patients were taken after the scope of the problem became evident.

It wouldn't last long. Florida Power & Light, reportedly claims, the center was not on the county's high priority power restoration list. He said 32,000 homes and businesses in Hollywood were still without power.

"It's important to note that through Monday, the building was still cool and the spot coolers were in place maintaining required temperatures", the facility said.

The governor said he's directed state officials to issue an emergency moratorium to prevent the facility from admitting new patients.

The Florida Department of Health said that "at no time" did the nursing home "report that conditions had become unsafe or that the health and safety of their patients was at risk".

Florida's governor called on first responders Wednesday to check health care facilities statewide in the wake of Hurricane Irma. "How many do we open?"

But on some other quality indicators, the nursing home was below average.

During a news conference, Thursday morning, City of Hollywood spokesperson Raelin Storey confirmed, "The initial investigation has determined the facility had some power".

Guerrero state and western parts of neighboring Oaxaca state were forecast to receive 12.5cm to 25cm of rain, with some areas receiving more than 20 inches.

"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".

"We're conducting a criminal investigation inside", Hollywood Police Chief Tom Sanchez said. "I have nothing", said Mercedes Lopez, 50, whose family fled north from the Keys town of Marathon on Friday and rode out the storm at an Orlando hotel, only to learn their home was destroyed, along with the gasoline station where Lopez worked. In addition, there are more than 3,100 assisted living facilities with over 99,000 beds.

One of the eight deceased was Betty Hibbard, 84. "It is just senseless", she said.

"She was a friend", Johnson said.

The staff used fans, put cold towels and ice on the patients and gave them cold drinks.

"We often see that injuries and deaths after disaster in the United States are more common than those actually caused by the disaster itself", Kirsch said.

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