No AC! Millions in Florida swelter through power outages


The home was evacuated Wednesday morning, days after Hurricane Irma knocked out power, creating unsafe conditions for the elderly residents.

Categorized as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record when it rampaged through the Caribbean, Irma has killed at least 70 people, officials said. Police say they are now conducting a criminal investigation into what happened. Prosecutors say that after he bought the hospital in 1998, Michel and others fraudulently increased the number of patients at the facility, along with their Medicare and Medicaid revenues, by bringing in patients from nursing homes and assisted-living facilities.

Major utilities in Florida - including NextEra Energy Inc's Florida Power & Light (FPL), Duke Energy Corp and Emera Inc's Tampa Electric - have mobilized tens of thousands of workers to deal with the outages after Irma landed early Sunday and carved a destructive path up Florida, which has a population of about 20.6 million.

Through a representative, Carballo told the SunSentinel newspaper that the home has a backup generator but that it does not power the air conditioning.

- 94 degrees (34 Celsius) is what the heat and humidity feel like in South Florida.

"We're doing everything we can to get those tankers to suppliers so evacuees can start getting home", Scott said Tuesday from the Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee.

A state official eventually said they found a generator and gas, but it was not needed: The power turned back on. She adds that utility providers have said they hope to have power restored for all of southeastern Florida by the weekend.

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Stepped-up safety checks came after the deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, which shocked Florida's top leaders even as they surveyed destruction from a storm that spread its punishing effects across the entire state. Almost 25 percent of all customers in Miami-Dade County still don't have power.

President Donald Trump is visiting survivors in Fort Myers and Naples, where many remain swamped and without electricity. More than 100 patients were taken to nearby hospitals and treated for respiratory distress and heat-related issues, including dehydration.

Some were frustrated, just like resident Amber Roelos who said earlier in the week after sleeping in her auto for 54 hours, "I'm pregnant".

There was a disturbing scene at a nursing home in Hollywood, Fla., today - elderly residents suffering in stifling heat. "Not just my Betty but all the people", said Jean Johnson, who was friends with Betty Hibbard, one of the eight victims, for more than 60 years. By the afternoon, five more had died. The staff used fans, put cold towels and ice on patients and gave them cold drinks, he said.

Resident Barbara Bernstein, 83, said it's hard to walk in the dark to the restroom using a flashlight, but most of all, she wants air conditioning back. This has cut off air conditioning for scores of Floridians, and it poses an acute danger for the particularly young or old in a state known for its sweltering temperatures.

At the Hollywood nursing home, Jean Lindor, a kitchen worker, said through a Haitian Creole translator that the air conditioner had not been working since the storm and it had been hot inside.