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Irma: Eight dead in Florida nursing home after power outage

TRAGIC: The Hollywood Hills Rehabilitation Centre in Florida has been sealed off (Photo credit: Sky News)

AT LEAST eight people have died at a Florida nursing home that was left without power for days after Hurricane Irma.

Police evacuated 115 residents on Wednesday (Sep 13) from the facility, whose air conditioning was cut by the storm.

Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said three were found dead at the nursing home in the city of Hollywood, while five others died in hospital.

According to BBC, ten million people are still without power in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas after Hurricane Irma.

The storm - which has claimed more than two dozen lives in the US and nearly 40 in Caribbean - struck southwestern Florida on Sunday morning (Sep 10) as a category four hurricane before weakening to a tropical depression on Monday (Sep 11).

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