UPDATE: Eight dead in Florida nursing home after Irma power outage

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) – The number of deaths at a nursing home in Florida in connection with Hurricane Irma has risen to eight.

The number of deaths at a nursing home in Florida in connection with Hurricane Irma has risen to eight. The office of the Broward Medical Examiner and Trauma Services issued a news release Wednesday afternoon with the names of the victims.

Three of the victims were found dead early Wednesday at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, after police got a call about a person with a heart attack. Police say the others died at the hospital or on the way.

The victims range in age from 71 to 99.

The manager of the nursing home reportedly has a history of health-care fraud accusations.


HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (NBC News) – Six people are dead and 115 others have been evacuated after a Hollywood, Florida nursing home lost power due to Hurricane Irma.

Three deaths occurred at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills.  Two other patients were pronounced dead after being taken to a nearby hospital. The sixth death was confirmed by city officials around noon.

“Once we determined we had multiple deaths at the facilities, and that the facilities are extremely hot we made the decision to evacuate all of the patients,” said Raelin Storey, public affairs director for the City of Hollywood.

The nursing home, located roughly 20 miles north of Miami, has been without power since Hurricane Irma struck earlier in the week.

It was not clear whether the facility had a back-up generator of if there were other problems with the air conditioning. Phone calls to the nursing home went unanswered Wednesday morning.

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