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Hurricane Irma: Six die in 'intense heat' at Florida nursing home that lost power during storm

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 6 days ago By Nick Allen and Danny Boyle
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Six people have died at a Florida nursing home that lost power after Hurricane Irma tore through the state.

Police spokeswoman Miranda Grossman told local news outlets that fire and police crews began evacuating residents at the property in Hollywood Hills on Wednesday morning.

Mayor Barbara Sharief was quoted by local television as saying that three people died at the nursing home and three more after they were taken to a hospital. 

Some 120 residents of the facility have been evacuated "due to intense heat and no power," WSVN said.

The deaths, if confirmed as storm-related, would take the death toll in Florida from the hurricane to at least 17.

It was not immediately clear if the deaths were heat-related. Hollywood is between Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

The region was earlier this week pummeled by category-five Hurricane Irma that brought destruction to the state after powering through the Caribbean.

© Provided by The Telegraph The number of people without electricity in the late-summer heat dropped to 9.5 million - just under half of Florida's population.

Utility officials warned it could take 10 days or more for power to be fully restored. About 110,000 people remained in shelters across the state.

In hard-hit Naples, on Florida's southwest coast, more than 300 people stood outside a shop on Tuesday, waiting for it to open.

At the front of the queue after a more than two-hour wait, Phill Chirchirillo, 57, said days without electricity and other basics were beginning to wear on people.

"At first it's like, 'We're safe, thank God.' Now they're testy," he said. "The order of the day is to keep people calm."


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