Dead, 120 Evacuated From Hollywood, Florida Nursing Home

Relative Wants Answers in Death of Woman at Care Home

Utility firm Florida Power & Light said it had provided power to some parts of the Hollywood nursing home but that the facility was not on a county top tier list for emergency power restoration.

Millions of people in Florida and other southeastern states lost power due to Irma, making the hurricane the worst weather-related power outage in USA history. Hollywood Public Affairs Director Raelin Story said there is no official cause of death yet, but a number were having respiratory issues.

"Unfortunately, early this morning, several patients experienced distress and there were three fatalities", Carballo said. He didn't answer questions regarding whether a generator was running inside the place.

Earlier this week, a unsafe scene played out inside an assisted care facility for patients with dementia and memory impairment in Cape Coral, Florida, on the state's Gulf Coast. More than 300,000 customers in the county, or a third of the total, are still without power as of midday Wednesday.

FPL, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Inc, has said earlier this week that the company prioritizes restoring power to critical facilities such as hospitals, police and fire stations, communications centers, water treatment plants, transportation and shelter.

Police said a criminal investigation is underway and they are not ruling anything out.

"There's nothing we can do", Long told Local10.

A man trying to fix the AC unit, Airstron employee Dave Long, told Local 10 a fuse that cooled the AC unit popped out during Hurricane Irma and needed to be repaired. It leads the Floridians without air conditioning.

Florida: About 4.7 million customers - which includes homes, organizations and businesses - are without power across the state, authorities said.




Around 100 people have been evacuated from the building since.

"Approximately 150 facilities out of the almost 700 (nursing) facilities in the state do not now have full power services restored", continued the FHCA statement. That tally also included two people in Georgia killed when trees fell on them and a man in Winter Park, Florida, near Orlando, apparently electrocuted by a downed power line in a roadway.

"They were sick already".

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.

"There's nothing we can do", Dave Long of Airstron told WPLG.

Rescue mode: Mayor Lenny Curry said Monday his city was in "rescue mode", with teams working to evacuate people from low-lying areas.

Crews also worked to fix two washed-out, 300-foot (90-meter) sections of USA 1, the sole highway that runs through the Keys, and check the safety of the 42 bridges linking the islands.

"This is the most stressful situation I've lived in my life", said her daughter Madeleine Alvarez said.

The lower Keys were particularly hard hit, with first responders Wednesday still searching through wreckage.

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