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Irma: Five dead at Florida nursing home left without power

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

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

Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said three were found dead at the Hollywood Hills nursing home. Two others died after reaching hospital.

Ten million people are still without power in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas after Hurricane Irma.

Irma – which has claimed more than two dozen lives in the US – struck southwestern Florida on Sunday morning as a category four storm before weakening to a tropical depression on Monday.

The storm earlier left a trail of destruction in the Caribbean, where nearly 40 people were killed.

The Hollywood Hills facility is not the only Florida nursing home that has been left without power by Irma.

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Media captionThe Florida Keys was one of the US areas hit hardest by Irma

More than half of a large retirement community in Pembroke Pines, Florida, still had no electricity by Wednesday morning, leaving elderly residents stuck in rooms with no access to lifts.

Pembroke Pines police spokeswoman Amanda Conwell told the Miami Herald that officers were at the scene.

She said some of the 15,000 residents at Century Village were vulnerable and “we are concerned about their welfare”.

Another assisted care facility for dementia patients in Fort Myers, Florida, went without power for three days after Hurricane Irma as elderly patients suffered in the rising heat.

Cape Coral Shores kept 20 patients during the storm as part of an agreement with authorities because local emergency shelters had been evacuated as Irma bore down on the coast.

Florida residents are still returning from shelters to their households to witness Irma’s destruction.

Authorities say preliminary estimates suggest 25% of the homes in the Florida Keys were destroyed and 65% sustained major damage.

US President Donald Trump will visit Florida on Thursday to view the damage.

It will be Mr Trump’s third trip related to hurricanes in two weeks and he will be joined by his wife Melania, the first lady.

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Media captionAerial footage shows the damage to homes in Orlando, Florida

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