Life and death of Irma: 2 weeks of fury and devastation end

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They do not, however, represent the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills.

We can appreciate how hard it was for Florida officials to respond to all the events over the past several days and how to sort through all the offers for assistance.

The thing is, as of yesterday, it was reporting that everything was OK, that they were using portable air conditioners and fans. "We are devastated by these losses". And they started asking for the help - Florida Power & Light, which is Florida's energy company.

Although exact numbers of Irma-related deaths are not yet available, the Associated Press has reported that, apart from the nursing home deaths, 13 people in Florida have died "in Irma-related circumstances".

The roll call of victims and their ages are heartbreaking: They were parents, grandparents.

Vonda Wilson, Mitchell's sister, has lived at the facility for 10 years after experiencing a severe stroke that left her unable to walk or speak. "This is a state that I know very well".

Islanders have complained of a breakdown in law and order and widespread shortages of food, water and electricity. We did not have one adverse event or evacuation during this period and served as a community resource for vulnerable elderly and sick residing at home.

The death toll from Hurricane Irma in the United States continued to climb Thursday, with at least 31 dead across three states.

More than 100 assisted living facilities, 9 hospitals, and 126 other health care facilities, including 44 nursing homes, have evacuated or are closed as of Wednesday night.

Hollywood Police Chief Tom Sanchez said investigators believe the five deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were heat-related.

In his latest statement, Carballo attempted to clarify some of the outstanding questions.

In a later statement, Carballo said, "The center and its medical and administrative staff diligently prepared" for the hurricane.

The Agency for Health Care Administration and the Department of Children and Families have now launched investigations into the facility, and one relative of a longtime resident of the nursing home says she hopes the owners are stopped from ever allowing this to happen again. The state, too, has its own lousy record of regulation. "At what point is it enough?" said Hollywood, Florida, Mayor Josh Levy.

Hollywood Fire Rescue crews responded to the nursing home for a call at about 3 a.m. Wednesday regarding a patient who was reportedly in cardiac arrest.

"We're looking into the temperatures inside the facility, the staffing inside the facility and the conditions leading up to these incidents", said Storey who also confirmed that police had received a warrant to search inside the facility.

A state inspection of the facility past year found a series of violations including multiple "medication errors", "overflowing trash in bins", and general "disrepair" leaving many wondering why the facility was still open.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which regulates nursing homes, gives the Hollywood center a below-average rating, two stars on its five-star scale.

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