Florida Hurricane Irma News

Florida Nursing Home to Congress: Patient Deaths After Hurricane Irma Not Staff’s Fault

A Florida nursing home under investigation for the deaths of 13 patients after Hurricane Irma says in a letter to Congress that staff members did everything possible but couldn’t overcome a lack of power to the central air conditioner. In …

Court Sides with Florida Nursing Homes in Emergency Generator Battle With Gov

Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s push to force nursing homes to add generators in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma could be blocked after a judge ruled there was no pressing danger that justifies the order. Scott called for the rules after …

Court Sides with Florida Gov in Battle Over Nursing Home Generators

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has won the first round in a legal tug-of-war over his mandate that nursing homes and assisted living facilities install generators. The 1st District Court of Appeal on Thursday rejected a legal challenge to emergency rules …

Irma Dealt Devastating Blow to Florida Citrus, Other Crops

Florida’s famous oranges are still falling from trees and rotting on the ground weeks after Hurricane Irma, and the state’s agriculture commissioner said Thursday there will be fewer Florida vegetables on Thanksgiving tables and a shortage of poinsettias at Christmas. …

Florida Irma-Related Nursing Home Deaths Climb to 14

Two women who lived at a Florida nursing home that lost air conditioning during Hurricane Irma have died, bringing to 14 the number of fatalities linked to the home. Cecilia Franco, 90, and Francesca Andrade, 95, died from ailments suffered …

12th Nursing Home Resident Dies After Hurricane Irma-Related AC Outage

A 12th patient has died after being taken from an overheated Florida nursing home that lost its air conditioning during Hurricane Irma, officials confirmed on Friday. Dolores Biamonte, 57, died Thursday night, according to a statement from the Broward County …

Citizens Estimates $1.23B In Insured Losses from Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma will generate up to 70,000 claims and approximately $1.23 billion of insured losses to Citizens Property Insurance Corporation over the next 18 to 24 months, according to initial estimates presented to Citizens Board of Governors on Wednesday. Chris …

Nearly 17K Flood Claims Filed So Far in Florida From Irma

Nearly 17,000 flood insurance claims connected with Hurricane Irma have been filed, and more are expected in the coming weeks. The Sun-Sentinel reports that of 16,786 flood claims filed through Thursday, 3,969 were filed in Monroe County. FEMA data shows …

Scott Issues Emergency Order to Florida Nursing Homes After 11 Patient Deaths

After 11 nursing home residents died in the sweltering heat of hurricane-induced power outages, Florida’s nursing home industry is now on a collision course with Gov. Rick Scott. Days after Hurricane Irma ravaged the state, Scott used his emergency powers …

Florida Suspends License of Nursing Home After 9th Patient Dies

Florida officials have suspended the license of a nursing home that had nine patients die after Hurricane Irma knocked out its air conditioning. The Agency for Health Care Administration said Wednesday that it suspended the license of the Rehabilitation Center …