Almost 1.9 million still without power in US Southeast after Irma

Almost 1.9 million still without power in US Southeast after Irma

On Saturday, Scott directed the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration to issue emergency rules requiring all of the state's assisted living facilities to have generators, a key source of power when electricity goes out.

"Across Florida and nearby states, some 5mn homes and businesses were without power on Wednesday, down from a peak of 7.8mn on Monday".

"We make this request in recognition of the numerous and various parties that will be included in such an investigation", the letter said, referring to the nursing home itself, as well some local government agencies that had oversight roles, such as Hollywood's police and fire departments. Kitchen worker Jean Lindor said the center had power via a generator to cook but no air conditioning. The deaths are believed to have been caused by overheating, but carbon monoxide poisoning from generators is also being considered.

Hurricane Irma was the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic basin and kept its speed as a Category 5 hurricane for three days as it wreaked havoc across the Caribbean before being downgraded as it made landfall in Florida.

A woman went to check on her parents at about 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills and shot a 34-second video of a fan running in their room with a window cracked on the second floor. They do not, however, represent the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills. The nursing home remains without power due to Irma. Nursing homes across the state are getting new attention after eight patients died Wednesday. Detectives were at the nursing home Wednesday continuing the investigation. Another 18 patients in an adjacent behavioral health facility also were evacuated.

Officials said temperatures soared inside the Rehabilitation Centre at Hollywood Hills, 20 miles north of Miami, after enduring a "prolonged power failure" to the transformer that powered the air conditioning units.

President Donald Trump met with federal and state leaders in Florida on Thursday as he surveyed damage from Hurricane Irma and praised the rapid response of the recovery effort.

"Most of the patients have been treated for respiratory distress, dehydration and heat-related issues", said Dr.

The eight dead ranged in age from 71 to 99, authorities said.

At a news conference, Florida Power & Light, the state's largest utility, said it serviced portions of the care facility.

"As with millions of other Floridians, our centers are coping with the loss of power and infrastructure in the communities that were most affected by the devastation", director of communications Kristen Knapp said.

A woman said she visited her long-time friend, who later died, Betty Hibbard, at the nursing home on Tuesday.

Police have opened a criminal investigation.

"If they find that anyone wasn't acting in the best interests of their patients, we will hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law", he added.

The tragedy now means that more than 80 people have died because of Irma across the USA and the Caribbean.

As the Florida Keys continue to recover from Hurricane Irma, now the boats in the water pose a great danger. People died when they weren't evacuated from nursing homes and hospitals.