Irma after-effects: 8 dead in Florida due to sweltering inside Nursing home

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Broward County said the home alerted officials Tuesday that it had lost power, but when asked if it had any medical needs or emergencies, it did not request help.

The man was using a generator to power his home after severe weather knocked out electricity in the area.

The overall death toll from the storm climbed to 81 on Wednesday, with several hard-hit Caribbean islands accounting for more than half the fatalities, and officials continued to assess damage inflicted by the second major hurricane to strike the US mainland this year.

"I'm very concerned. I'm like a family member to her", he said. "If you have a generator, please make sure you operate it safely".

Police opened a criminal investigation Wednesday into the deaths, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he would "aggressively demand answers on how this tragic event took place".

The nearby Larkin Community Hospital was also evacuated.

Irma, which ranked as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record before striking the US mainland as a Category 4 hurricane on September 10, killed at least 84 people.

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Florida officials have made restoring electricity to the millions who have lost power a priority and tens of thousands of utility company workers, many from out of state, are engaged in the huge effort. Five patients died at a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, a result of a failure in its cooling systems. Larkin bought what was then called Hollywood Hills Nursing Home and Hollywood Pavilion Hospital in a 2015 bankruptcy auction after fallout from Medicare fraud convictions sunk both facilities.

"The recovery without air conditioning is the hardest part", said Joe Wallen.

Elsewhere, a South Florida townhouse that weathered the storm was gutted by fire when power was restored, which caused the stove to ignite items left on the cooktop.

Book's bill also would require "a licensed nursing home facility to have adequate electrical equipment, an emergency power source, and a supply of fuel".

The Scott administration issued emergency rules requiring all nursing home and assisted living facilities in the state to purchase "ample resources", including a generator and fuel, in order to maintain operations and "comfortable temperatures" for at least 96 hours after a power outage.

The home "is now undergoing a criminal investigation from the local authorities, and open investigations from both AHCA (Agency for Health Care Administration) and DCF (Department of Children and Families)". Meanwhile, an estimated 13,000 people remained in shelters in Florida after the storm destroyed homes and rendered return impossible. Sixteen people have died in Florida.

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