6 die at Florida nursing home after Hurricane Irma knocks out AC

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6 die at Florida nursing home after Hurricane Irma knocks out AC

Six people at a Florida nursing home have died after residents were stuck in sweltering conditions following Hurricane Irma.

Some residents were evacuated on early Sunday morning and some woke up feeling sick at the center, which had been without air conditioning, Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said.

In both cases nursing home administrators said they would rectify the problems.

Twelve other storm-related deaths had been reported by the Florida Division of Emergency Management as of Tuesday afternoon. "Nobody's telling us nothing".

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Early past year Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills only had a temporary generator and couldn't describe plans to replace it with a permanent generator, according to records from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Hollywood Police announced Wednesday they had started a criminal investigation.

Officials across Florida are warning people to keep generators outside their homes.

A statement from the nursing home, the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, confirmed that it had a "prolonged power failure to the transformer which powered the facility's air conditioning system as a result of the hurricane".

Timothy Keefe, deputy chief of the Broward County Fire-Rescue, said his department is helping the city of Hollywood, on the east coast of the state, evacuate the entire facility. The nursing center lost power during the storm and had working generators, but a kitchen worker said those were being used to cook and not for air conditioning. And he ordered an investigation into what he called an "unfathomable" situation.

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Three of Wednesday's six deaths occurred at the nursing home. The Associated Press reported that before the deaths at the Hollywood nursing home, Irma was blamed for a combined 19 fatalities in Florida, Georgia and SC. In Hollywood, where the nursing home is located, temperatures are expected to reach the 90s this week.

"There's nothing we can do", he said.

He explained: 'Florida is an incredibly resilient state and now it is time that we come together and rebuild.

As of Tuesday, the number of people without electricity in the steamy late-summer heat had dropped to 6.8 million - about a third of Florida's population. However, when she showed up to work, paramedics were barring the doors and telling her she could not enter.

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Categorized as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record when it rampaged through the Caribbean, Irma killed more than 60 people, officials said.

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