Hurricane Irma’s unofficial Florida death toll is 75

The state reported 50 deaths due to Irma, but the total appeared to exclude fatalities in the Florida Keys and at a Hollywood nursing home

TRD MIAMI /
Sep.September 23, 2017 05:00 PM

Eleven residents of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills died after the nursing home lost air conditioning due to Hurricane Irma. (Source: Reuters)

Hurricane Irma caused 75 deaths in Florida, according to the Miami Herald.

The Florida Department of Emergency Management reported Friday that the hurricane caused 50 deaths statewide, including four in Miami-Dade County and seven in Broward County.

The causes of death ranged from electrocution and heart attack to blunt force trauma and carbon monoxide poisoning from generators.

The Herald’s unofficial death toll includes 25 storm-related deaths not counted by the state’s emergency management department: 14 in the Florida Keys and 11 linked to a nursing home in Hollywood

Eleven elderly patients at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills died after the nursing home lost air conditioning due to Hurricane Irma, which made landfall Sept. 10 in the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm.

Two of the nursing home residents who died had body temperatures that exceeded 108 degrees. [Miami Herald] Mike Seemuth


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