Dead From Apparent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning After Irma

Dead From Apparent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning After Irma

In addition, the death of eight people at the Hollywood nursing home left without air conditioning after the storm prompted officials to call for action.

A news release from the city of Hollywood says that three patients were found dead in the facility early Wednesday, while others were taken to the hospital and pronounced dead there.

The nursing home deaths brought the total number of storm-related fatalities in Florida to 20 and illustrated the urgency of restoring electricity to millions of people across the southern state. The facility has been sealed off for a criminal investigation after 115 residents, sweltering for days, were evacuated.

When asked why the patients hadnt been taken across the street to Memorial Regional hospital when temperatures became risky, Hollywood city spokeswoman Rayelin Storey said, “We cant get inside the heads of the staff and the administrators of this facility.”. Jon says that "apparently, the facility lost some, but not all of its power after Hurricane Irma".

When asked whether police responded quickly enough to a distress call, Sanchez said that there is dispute about when exactly the call came in, though he estimated that it was about 6 a.m. The separate Florida Assisted Living Association said many of its South Florida members lacked electricity.

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

Attempts by Reuters to reach an official of the for-profit Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills home by phone and email were unsuccessful.

"FP&L spokesperson Rob Gould said restoration to almost all customers in the eastern half of the state should be completed by Sunday night", member station WLRN reports.

President Donald Trump couldn't resist injecting a dose of politics into his tour of storm-damaged Florida on Thursday, saying Republican Gov. Rick Scott is doing such a good job with the recovery effort that he should run for the Senate. An additional three people died at a nearby hospital, police said.

"The Hollywood Police Department has been granted a search warrant for this property", Raelin Storey, the city's public affairs director, said at a news conference outside the nursing home Thursday morning. More than 40 died in the Caribbean.

"The thing that hits them first is dehydration and then their temperature increases and then respiratory issues kick in", Broward County Commissioner Nan Rich said. "We rode out that frightful storm in a shower that I had reinforced after Hurricane Marilyn", Benson added. He said at no time did the facility communicate any imminent threats to its patients. The staff used fans, put cold towels and ice on patients and gave them cold drinks, he said.

At the Hollywood nursing home, Jean Lindor, a kitchen worker, said through a Haitian Creole translator that the air conditioner had not been working since the storm and it had been hot inside.

Resident Barbara Bernstein, 83, said it's hard to walk in the dark to the restroom using a flashlight, but most of all, she wants air conditioning back.

Older people can be more susceptible to heat because their bodies do not adjust to temperatures as well as those of younger people.

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