Hurricane Irma: Six killed at nursing home left without power in storm-ravaged Florida

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Five people have been killed at a Florida nursing home that was left without power for days after being hit by Hurricane Irma.

More than 100 residents were evacuated from the Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills after the air conditioning was cut off by the storm.

Rescue crews found “a number of people in respiratory distress” when they arrived at the home on Wednesday morning.

Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said on Wednesday that three elderly residents were found dead at the home and three later died at a hospital.

Ten million people are still without power in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas after Hurricane Irma ravaged across the coast.

The storm hit Florida on Sunday morning as a category four hurricane before being downgraded to a tropical depression on Monday.

The Hollywood nursing home has been sealed off by police and officers are conducting a criminal investigation, Police Chief Tomas Sanchez said.

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He told reporters on Wednesday the deaths “may be related to a loss of power in the storm” and said officers were inspecting other assisted living facilities in the city.

A large retirement community in Pembroke Pines, Florida, was also without electricity on Wednesday morning, leaving elderly residents stuck in rooms with no access to lifts.

A police spokeswoman told the Miami Herald that officers were at the scene and were concerned for the welfare of some vulnerable residents.


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