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In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, more than 40% of Florida was without electricity as of Wednesday (September 14), The Washington Post reports.

Police said this morning that this may be related to the loss of power during the storm. Phone calls to the nursing home went unanswered Wednesday morning.

Yet, she said, no one came - and nursing home officials did not consider the crisis urgent enough to bring patients to the hospital across the road.

The order followed the deaths of eight elderly people this week at a sweltering nursing home north of Miami that lost power.

Irma was one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record before striking the USA mainland as a Category 4 hurricane on September 10. Jorge Carballo, the nursing home's administrator, said staff had stocked seven days' worth of food and were using a power generator.

Irma hit Florida about two weeks after Hurricane Harvey pounded Houston, killing about 60 people and causing some US$180 billion in damage, mostly from flooding.

Temperatures in South Florida this week have been in the 80s, and the low in Hollywood on Tuesday was 79 degrees.

It was reported that a quarter of homes in the Florida Keys - a series of low-lying islands - were destroyed in the hurricane.

"If they find that anyone wasn't acting in the best interests of their patients, we will hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law", he said. Sharief confirmed during a news conference that three residents died at the center and two died at the hospital. In both instances, the nursing home corrected these deficiencies.

Other patients are in critical condition.

But most of the surviving patients were treated for "respiratory distress, dehydration and heat-related issues", Memorial Regional Hospital's emergency medical director, Dr.

In the Miami area, a Coral Gables apartment building was evacuated after authorities determined a lack of power made it unsafe for elderly tenants, while officers arrived at the huge Century Village retirement community in Pembroke Pines to help people on upper floors without access to working elevators.

"Hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities in Florida are required to have emergency operation plans", the Department of Health said in a news release.

It left close to 13 million people in Florida without power and 180,000 without a home.

An individual handling air conditioning for the facility told ABC affiliate WPLG that a fuse was damaged during Hurricane Irma, resulting in cooling issues for the past few days.

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