6 dead at Florida nursing home after Irma knocks out power

A split oak tree sits in a yard after Hurricane Irma passed through Tampa Florida

5 dead after air conditioning issue forces evacuation of South Florida nursing home

Officials said 115 people have been evacuated to other facilities and additional residents were in process of being evacuated. A line of fallen mailboxes still had mail from before Irma inside. And authorities say another dozen people were treated for carbon monoxide on Tuesday in Polk and Brevard counties.

A criminal investigation has been launched into the deaths of five patients at a Florida nursing home in Irma's aftermath.

The cleanup effort continues in SC after rain, wind, and flooding prompted by Irma. The 67-year-old Nancy Eason died after a tree fell on a vehicle in which she was riding in Forsyth County.

"The entire ground area including the alley street area was strewn with trash, garbage, plastics, and used nursing/medical supplies", the report said. Sanchez did not answer questions regarding whether a generator was running inside the place.

The air conditioning was out, but Chief Sanchez said it remained under investigation whether power was entirely cut. The staff used fans, put cold towels and ice on patients and gave them cold drinks, he said.

While damage across Florida was severe, it paled in scope to the devastation wrought by Irma in parts of the Caribbean, which accounted for the bulk of Irma's fatalities.

The National Park Service said Irma's rains and storm surge left 3 feet (1 meter) of water inside Fort Sumter in SC.

According to CBS News, an estimated 21,000 Floridians are still in shelters.

Several private companies, including Boeing and SpaceX, have operations at Kennedy and reported minimal damage.

Gould said FPL met with Broward County officials in March before the storm season to discuss what facilities would be prioritized for power restoration this year.

Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers noted that the damage looks bad from the air. Any plan submitted by the Hollywood center was not immediately available. But she said when factors are constantly changing, it's impossible to have a plan that addresses every variable.

While police have only confirmed one death, Broward County Mayor Barbara Shief announced that the five died because of the lack of air conditioning. As of 2016, Florida had about 680 nursing homes.

In the Miami area, a Coral Gables apartment building was evacuated after authorities determined a lack of power made it unsafe for elderly tenants, while officers arrived at the huge Century Village retirement community in Pembroke Pines to help people on upper floors without access to working elevators.

The Florida governor's office said Department of Health officials were "in contact with Larkin Community Hospital Behavioral Health Services management and the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills over the past three days" and that "hospital administrators were advised to call 911 if they had any reason to believe that the health or safety of patients was at risk".

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