Florida emergency workers urged to check on nursing homes after heat deaths

Authorities seek answers after Florida nursing home deaths

Authorities seek answers after Florida nursing home deaths

Almost 2.7 million homes and businesses, about 1 in 4 Florida customers, remain without power.

Elsewhere in South Florida, other alarms were sounded for older residents.

Raelin Storey, a spokeswoman for the city, said the facility had some power early Wednesday, but "the building's air-conditioning system was not fully functional". And at the15,000-resident Century Village retirement community in Pembroke Pines, where there were also widespread outages, rescue workers went door to door in the 94-degree heat checking on residents and bringing ice, water and meals.

The air conditioning came back on around 2 p.m. Wednesday, when the only people left at the facility were detectives.

Florida utilities restored power to more residents on Saturday.

A new cellphone video has surfaced showing conditions inside the Hollywood Hills nursing home where residents - including one in the nude - were kept in sweltering heat before eight of them died after Hurricane Irma struck Florida.

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North Carolina reported its first Irma-related death on Friday after a man died from carbon monoxide poisoning, and two more people died in Florida from the risky fumes, including a woman in Palm Beach County. At least 38 people were killed in the Caribbean, where the storm, then a much more powerful Category 5 hurricane, devastated a string of Leeward Islands in the eastern Caribbean. They found three people dead and evacuated 145 people to hospitals, many on stretchers or in wheelchairs, authorities said.

By the afternoon, five more had died.

Most of the deceased were treated for respiratory distress, dehydration and heat-related issues, officials said.

"I am outraged over the deaths of eight Floridians at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Broward County and I am demanding answers as we furiously investigate this awful loss of life", Scott said in a statement on Saturday.

A Henderson County man succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning while using a generator, officials said. "She opened her mom's windows, and she said, 'Mom, it's going to be OK'".

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.

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Scrutiny has also settled on the nursing home's owner, Dr. Jack Michel.

"We are there for you 100 percent", Trump said before donning gloves and helping to hand out sandwiches to local residents from a lunch line under a canopy.

"I've been there sometimes when it didn't", she said.

"The people who were working there worked hard to make a good outcome for our patients", she said in a brief interview before hanging up on a reporter.

Scott said in a statement earlier this week that he was "heartbroken" to learn of the deaths and planned to "aggressively demand answers". Nelson demanded a federal investigation.

"The investigation into this tragedy (at the Broward County facility) and the circumstances that may have contributed to it continues, and it would be inappropriate to comment on details until it concludes", the association said.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday night that he directed the Agency for Health Care Administration to terminate the centre as a provider for Medicaid, which provides health care for low-income individuals and families.

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