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Expert: Coolers made it worse in nursing home where 12 died

A Florida nursing home where 12 elderly patients died of overheating after Hurricane Irma knocked out its air conditioning made matters worse by using portable units that were not properly ventilated and increased temperatures in most of the facility, an engineer testified in a deposition.

Hurricane center updates Irma death toll in U.S., Caribbean

The death toll from Hurricane Irma’s catastrophic rampage across the Caribbean and the southeastern U.S. has risen to 44 fatalities directly caused by its strong winds and heavy rains, plus 85 fatalities indirectly linked to the storm, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

FEMA isn’t relying on trailers to house hurricane victims

The hurricanes that battered Texas and Florida have likely spawned the worst disaster-created housing crisis since Hurricane Katrina left hundreds of thousands of Gulf Coast residents without homes more than a decade ago.

Cat 5 Hurricane Maria threatens storm-battered Caribbean

Hurricane Maria grew into a Category 3 storm on Monday as it barreled toward a potentially devastating collision with islands in the eastern Caribbean. Forecasters warned it was likely to grow even stronger.

Irma evacuation nightmare: Next time some may not leave

After a painful flight across several states to escape unpredictable Hurricane Irma, Suzanne Pallot says it’s unlikely she would evacuate South Florida again – an attitude echoed by other evacuees that experts say could put them in danger when the next storm hits.

Nursing home tragedy unfolded days after Irma’s initial hit

Three days after Hurricane Irma hit Florida, the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills still didn’t have air conditioning, and it ultimately became the grimmest tragedy in a state already full of them. Eight people died and 145 patients had to be moved out of the stifling-hot facility, many of them on stretchers or in wheelchairs.

Seniors fight post-hurricane heat with Popsicles, compresses

Florida seniors were ushered out of stifling assisted-living centers Thursday while caregivers fought a lack of air conditioning with Popsicles and cool compresses after eight people died at a nursing home in the post-hurricane heat.

Caribbean families separate to rebuild lives after storm

The shrieks of children playing volleyball and the occasional barking of dogs echoed inside Puerto Rico’s largest convention center, transformed into a shelter for hurricane victims from other Caribbean islands as hundreds of families devastated by the Category 5 storm transition toward new lives. For many, that included tearful good-byes as they leave behind children with friends or family on the U.S. mainland, where they can go to school while their parents return to jobs on the islands and try to rebuild their lives.