Florida nursing home called emergency cellphone belonging to governor's office for help

Florida nursing home called emergency cellphone belonging to governor's office for help

Apparently, the facility lost some, but not all of its power after Hurricane Irma.

Irma may have moved on from Florida, but lingering dangers caused by the storm, including carbon monoxide poisoning and heat-related incidents caused by a lack of air conditioning, remain in the Sunshine State, as millions wait for power to be restored.

Florida's southwestern coast is a haven for retirees seeking warm weather and handsome sunsets across the Gulf of Mexico.

About 1.8 million customers were without electricity in Florida, including 281,400 homes and businesses served by municipal power companies and electric cooperatives.

Trump also said they are "way ahead of schedule" in restoring power back to parts of Florida.

Flora Mitchell answers questions from the media outside the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Hollywood, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. He added: "As of Tuesday, [the facility] was reporting that everything was OK, that it was using portable air conditioners and fans".

Exactly how the deaths happened was under investigation, with Sanchez saying authorities have not ruled anything out, including carbon monoxide poisoning from generators. But the initial investigation found that "the building's air conditioning system was not fully functional", the city and police department said in a joint statement.

Authorities are investigating the deaths early Wednesday of eight residents of The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, which said it lost a transformer that powered its air-conditioning system.

"This is an inexcusable tragedy that frail patients would die of heat exhaustion without it being recognized and taking them to the hospital next door", Florida Senator Bill Nelson, a Democrat, said in a statement Wednesday. Some of the patients admitted to nearby Memorial Regional Hospital had temperatures of up to 106 degrees, hospital officials said Thursday. That patient was transported to a hospital, police said.

Trump planned to meet Republican Governor Rick Scott and first responders in Fort Myers and visit storm victims in Naples, said Deputy White House Homeland Security Adviser John Daly . "This situation is unfathomable". Every facility that is charged with caring for patients must take every action and precaution to keep their patients safe -especially patients that are in poor health.

Irma caused about $25-billion in insured losses, including $18-billion in the United States and $7-billion in the Caribbean, catastrophe modeler Karen Clark & Co estimated on Wednesday. Twenty-five percent of homes were destroyed when the storm ripped through and many more were heavily damaged.

Some residents of the Keys were met with scenes of devastation on Tuesday after police lifted roadblocks and began allowing people to return to the string of islands off Florida's southern coast.

President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, were to visit Florida to survey the damage on Thursday.

Irma rampaged through the Caribbean, devastating several islands and raking the northern shore of Cuba last week.

The nursing home eventually evacuated all of its patients Wednesday morning at the order of the responding crews.