Hurricane Irma power cut kills eight nursing home residents in Florida

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Authorities believe the deaths were heat-related due to air conditioning cutting out, and have

Eight nursing home residents have died after the building in Florida lost power due to Hurricane Irma.

Police have opened a criminal investigation into the deaths, which come four days after the coastal US state was battered by category three winds of up to 130mph.

Three elderly residents at the Hollywood Hills Rehabilitation Centre were found dead at the home, while a further five died later in hospital or while they were on the way to be treated.

The victims ranged in age from 71 to 99. Authorities believe their deaths were heat-related after air conditioning at the home cut out.

hurricane-irma-power-cut-kills-eight-nursing-home-residents-in-florida photo 1 Video: Florida residents return to destruction

FPL, the company that partly supplies power to the home, said it met with police chiefs long before the storm season to discuss locations that would be prioritised for power restoration.

The Hollywood centre was "not one of them" but a hospital across the road was, a spokesman said.

The nursing home's other residents have been evacuated and the building has been sealed off.

hurricane-irma-power-cut-kills-eight-nursing-home-residents-in-florida photo 2 Image: Half of all Floridians are still without power

Numerous death tolls from Irma's fallout vary, but officials say dozens in the US and Caribbean have been killed by the storm.

Victims include two women in Havana who died when a balcony fell on their bus and a two-year-old in Barbuda who was swept away from his mother when their roof blew off.

Several people have died of carbon monoxide poisoning from electric generators.

  1. hurricane-irma-power-cut-kills-eight-nursing-home-residents-in-florida photo 3A stranded boat that was blown from the dock into a marsh after Hurricane Irma passed through St Marys, Georgia
  2. hurricane-irma-power-cut-kills-eight-nursing-home-residents-in-florida photo 5An uprooted tree that slashed a trailer in half in Kissimmee, Florida
  3. hurricane-irma-power-cut-kills-eight-nursing-home-residents-in-florida photo 7Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands
  4. hurricane-irma-power-cut-kills-eight-nursing-home-residents-in-florida photo 9Saint Martin in the Caribbean
  5. hurricane-irma-power-cut-kills-eight-nursing-home-residents-in-florida photo 11Havana, Cuba
  6. hurricane-irma-power-cut-kills-eight-nursing-home-residents-in-florida photo 13A collapsed coastal house in Vilano Beach, Florida
  7. hurricane-irma-power-cut-kills-eight-nursing-home-residents-in-florida photo 15The Turks and Caicos Islands
  8. hurricane-irma-power-cut-kills-eight-nursing-home-residents-in-florida photo 17A French gendarme looks on during the visit of France's President Emmanuel Macron to the French Caribbean island of Saint Martin
  9. hurricane-irma-power-cut-kills-eight-nursing-home-residents-in-florida photo 19Dutch Army soldiers unload bottles of drinking water at the Princess Juliana International Airport on Saint Martin
  10. hurricane-irma-power-cut-kills-eight-nursing-home-residents-in-florida photo 21Middleburg, Florida
  11. hurricane-irma-power-cut-kills-eight-nursing-home-residents-in-florida photo 23Senior Chief Naval Air Crewman Xipetotec Thorngate looks out during a reconnaissance mission over Key West, Florida
  12. hurricane-irma-power-cut-kills-eight-nursing-home-residents-in-florida photo 25British Army Commandos take part in recovery efforts in Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands
  13. hurricane-irma-power-cut-kills-eight-nursing-home-residents-in-florida photo 27St Marys, Georgia
  14. hurricane-irma-power-cut-kills-eight-nursing-home-residents-in-florida photo 29Local residents try to enter areas of the Florida Keys
  15. hurricane-irma-power-cut-kills-eight-nursing-home-residents-in-florida photo 31The devastation in Saint Martin
  16. hurricane-irma-power-cut-kills-eight-nursing-home-residents-in-florida photo 33Watson Island in Miami, Florida
  17. hurricane-irma-power-cut-kills-eight-nursing-home-residents-in-florida photo 35Vilano Beach, Florida
  18. hurricane-irma-power-cut-kills-eight-nursing-home-residents-in-florida photo 37Islamorada, Florida
  19. hurricane-irma-power-cut-kills-eight-nursing-home-residents-in-florida photo 39Tourists walk past furniture left out to dry on the street after Hurricane Irma caused flooding and a blackout in Havana, Cuba
  20. hurricane-irma-power-cut-kills-eight-nursing-home-residents-in-florida photo 41A boat is seen after being blown from the dock into the marsh after Hurricane Irma passed through St Marys, Georgia
  21. hurricane-irma-power-cut-kills-eight-nursing-home-residents-in-florida photo 43A woman sunbathes among the debris on the beach after Hurricane Irma passed the area in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
  22. hurricane-irma-power-cut-kills-eight-nursing-home-residents-in-florida photo 45Boris Johnson speaks to an RAF crew on his visit to the Caribbean
  23. hurricane-irma-power-cut-kills-eight-nursing-home-residents-in-florida photo 47Key Largo in the Florida Keys
  24. hurricane-irma-power-cut-kills-eight-nursing-home-residents-in-florida photo 49Isamorada, a village encompassing six of the Florida Keys
  25. hurricane-irma-power-cut-kills-eight-nursing-home-residents-in-florida photo 51Pastor Louicesse Dorsaint stands with his wife Maria in front of their church, Haitian United Evangelical Mission, in Immokalee, Florida
  26. hurricane-irma-power-cut-kills-eight-nursing-home-residents-in-florida photo 53Flood waters from the Black Creek inundate a neighborhood in Middleburg, Florida

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US President Donald Trump has been travelling across the south of the country to see the damage various storms have wreaked on Texas and Louisiana.

On Thursday he will visit Naples, Florida. Half of all residents are still without power in the state and about 110,000 people remain in shelters.

Hurricane Irma power cut kills eight nursing home residents in Florida

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