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Broward County Medical Examiner has released the names of the 8 nursing home residents who died after AC was knocked out

Broward County Medical Examiner has released the names of the 8 nursing home residents who died after AC was knocked out

Some 4.3 million homes and businesses, or about 9 million people, were without power at midday Wednesday in Florida and nearby states.

Sanchez said investigators believe the deaths were heat-related, adding it was a "sad event".

WSBTV in Atlanta reports that the death toll from Hurricane Irma reached 23 on Wednesday morning.

But it's not only residents of nursing homes who are at risk, said Dr. David Wein, chief of emergency medicine at Tampa General Hospital.

Outages had fatal consequences at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hill, a nursing home in Hollywood, Fla., north of Miami.

Geane Mitchell, a nurse at the centre told the WSVN news channel, she was due to begin work at 7am, having been off for the last few days.

Irma, which decimated the Caribbean as a top-tier Category 5 hurricane before losing strength after repeated landfalls in the continental US, was downgraded to a tropical storm Monday.

Before the hurricane smashed into the United States mainland over the weekend, it struck northern Caribbean islands, leaving at least 44 people dead, authorities said.

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The temperature in Hollywood for Wednesday is expected to get up to 88 degrees with 74% humidity. "When we approach her she wasn't really crying but tears were kind of coming, she says 'I can't breathe, I can't breathe Jean, '" Johnson said. However, the nursing home itself does have power.

Another 18 patients in an adjacent behavioral health facility are also being evacuated, Story said.

The governor's office said "power restoration crews have been working around the clock" for what it called "the largest power restoration undertaking in history for a single state". Sharief confirmed during a news conference that three residents died at the center and two died at the hospital. Aerial footage showed other patients on stretchers and in wheelchairs outside the facility.

He said most of the patients admitted to the hospital have been treated for respiratory distress, dehydration and heat-related issues. Lawyers John Leighton and Max Panof, of the Leighton Law Firm, say she died at the nursing home because she spent days without enough air conditioning following Hurricane Irma.

"We were helped after Katrina and we need to help our friends in Texas and Florida", Kennedy said.

The Florida Health Care Association also released a statement calling the situation "a profound tragedy". As a precaution, Hollywood police officers were checking on the 42 other assisted-living facilities and nursing homes in the area.

Restoring power is still a top priority in Florida.

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