Power Cut Caused by Irma Kills eight Residents at Florida Nursing Home

Due to power cut caused by the Hurricane Irma, eight patients died in a nursing home in Florida. The lack of air conditioning in the sweltering heat, The Rehabilitation Centre at Hollywood Hills was the reason behind the deaths. The first death occurred in the early hours of Wednesday at three, and then the next one was at four.

The evacuation procedure began immediately with more that 100 patients being removed. “We had no idea the extent of what was going on until we literally sent people room to room to check on people,” said Dr. Randy Katz, the hospital’s chairman of emergency medicine.

The Florida Power & Light, staff of the nursing home and the state officials have been blamed for the incident for not acting sooner and causing havoc in the nursing home. The son of one of the victims went on to say that the communication between the staff and family have not been good. He added that he was not surprised when the nursing staff did not return his calls. This power shortage left 13 million people in florida with power and 180,000 homeless.

Sources: NY Times, CNN

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Hurricane Irma hits West Coast of Florida

Hurricane Irma made its way to the West Coast of Florida after leaving Cuba on Sunday. Ever since, the whole tip of Florida has been under the influence of high-pressure winds, signaling the coming of the storm and heavy rainfall.

Currently, Hurricane Irma has been leveled down to a category one storm, but still, has a wind sustenance of 85mph.

President of the United States of America Donald Trump has declared emergency aid for Florida, “We may have been a little bit lucky in that it went on the west, and it may not have been quite as disruptive, but we’re going to see, it’s going to play out over the next five or six hours, he says as per a report on the BBC website.

As per fresh reports from the US national hurricane center, Irma is slowly moving towards Tampa bay, while it continues to tear apart Florida.

Almost 3.4million homes in the state of Florida are without electricity while most parts of Miami continue to remain submerged under water. The full extent of the Irma in Florida is still unknown.

Irma stormed across 10 Caribbean countries and territories, killing at least 28 people there. The cleanup operations in the Caribbean Islands still continues.

Sourced from BBC and The Telegraph

Hurricane Irma kills at least 10 in Caribbean as Florida braces for hit

Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic hurricane, killed at least ten people on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin and left Barbuda devastated on Thursday.

The hurricane caused a great destruction in several islands, including Barbuda, St. Martin and the British Virgin Island. Florida is on high alert and is braced for a possible direct hit from Saturday. Evacuation orders have been issued in parts of Miami and the Florida keys.

According to United Nations up to 37 million people could be affected by Irma, the category five hurricane. Irma, which is approximately 450 miles wide, has sustained winds of at least 180 mph for a longer period of time than any other Atlantic storm on record.

Rick Scott, the Florida governor said that Irma could be more devastating than Hurricane Andrew that struck the state in 1992, a Category 5 storm, which still ranks as one of the costliest ever in the history of the United States.

The head of the US emergency said that Irma will have a devastating impact when it slams into southern coastal areas of the United States.

 

Sources: The Telegraph, CNBC