The impact of Hurricane Irma is still reverberating throughout Florida and the surrounding states, with a shocking report emerging on Wednesday that six people died after a nursing home lost power and air conditioning.
Six residents of The Rehabilitation Center in Hollywood, Florida, reportedly died on Wednesday morning after their building was left without air conditioning due to the effects of Hurricane Irma, the Miami Herald reported.
Overall, 115 people have been evacuated from the center, with police launching a criminal investigation into what unfolded. An undisclosed number of people are also in critical condition, according to WFLA-TV.
Hollywood police received an emergency call around 4 a.m. before proceeding to evacuate between 115 and 133 people staying inside the facility’s two wings.
“Once we determined we had multiple deaths… we made the decision to evacuate,” Hollywood Police Chief Tom Sanchez told WFLA. “A number of people were in respiratory and other distresses.”
Three people reportedly died inside the nursing home, while three others died after reaching a nearby hospital; the causes of death are still being investigated. Three of the names that have been released thus far are: Estella Hendricks, 71, Gail Nova, 71, and Carolyn Eatherly, 78, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
Temperatures were high overnight, ranging from 80 to 82 degrees. Police also plan to check 42 other facilities in the area after the effects of Irma continue to plague the area. Please pray for those ailing after the storm.