By: Kyle James | 09-14-2017 | News
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Hurricane Irma Death Toll Jumps As 8 Nursing Home Residents Found Dead In Florida

Hurricane Irma has claimed the lives of another eight victims after knocking out the air conditioning at Hollywood Nursing home in Florida according to police. The exact cause of death of the eight victims is not known at this time but the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills has evacuated the remaining residents due to the cooling problem.

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Most of the eight victims were being treated for respiratory distress, dehydration, and other heat-related issues and were ages 71-99. The Hollywood Police Department gave a press conference today saying at 4 a.m. firefighters responded to a call to transport a patient experiencing breathing problems. After receiving the second call, officials from the fire department called the state Department of Children and Families to report they were concerned about patients at the facility. After a third call had come in by the time fire fighters arrived, three of the patients were already dead on the second floor of the facility. Several other patients were also in "varying degrees of medical distress," according to authorities.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Authorities demand answers after eight found dead at sweltering Florida nursing home <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; NBC News (@NBCNews) <a href="">September 14, 2017</a></blockquote>

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One of the deaths occurred last night and the other seven victims died Wednesday bringing the total US fatalities from Hurricane Irma to well over 20. The remaining patients at Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were moved out of the facility by 9:15 a.m. with assistance from additional rescue units after a full evacuation was ordered. Hurricane Irma has destroyed over a quarter of the homes in the Florida Keys and an estimated 6 million are still without power due to the storm. Currently, there is a Flood Warning for Citrus County, Florida. President Trump is expected to make an appearance in Florida tomorrow to survey the damage and speak to the country.

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