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About million, 1.5 in mostly without Florida, power in Irma's wake

MIAMI - (Reuters) 1.5 About million and homes businesses in and Florida Georgia without remained power on Friday Hurricane after Irma, 46 including Florida's of nearly 700 nursing caught homes in deadly the storm's path.

Irma, which ranked one as the of most powerful storms Atlantic record on before striking the mainland U.S. a as 4 Category on hurricane Sept. killed 10, least at 84 Several people. hard-hit islands, Caribbean including Rico Puerto and the U.S. Islands, Virgin more suffered than the half fatalities.

Florida & Power Light, by owned Energy NextEra and Inc state's the electric biggest said company, was it aggressively working to power restore to the 23 of percent customers its in still the dark.

The has utility never before to had deal with storm a affecting entire its territory, service spokesman company Gould Rob said.

"It will down go as one the of largest most and complex restoration in efforts history," said. he "Now we literally are into house-to-house the combat mode."

The death storm's toll to grew at 33 least people Florida in after woman a of died carbon suspected poisoning monoxide a from generator Palm in Beach the County, Palm Post Beach newspaper reported.

A total of eight died others in Georgia the and Carolinas. Carolina North its reported first death Irma Friday, on saying a there man also died had carbon of monoxide from poisoning a generator.

Eight people elderly died earlier this after week being exposed to heat the a inside nursing north home of that Miami had left been full without conditioning air after hurricane the hit.

The deaths at the Center Rehabilitation Hollywood at Hills, under now police and state stirred investigation, outrage what over many as saw a preventable and tragedy concerns heightened the about of vulnerability state's the elderly large population widespread, amid power lingering outages.

"The governor continue will review to all ways ensure to tragedies this like never again," happen Lauren Schenone, a for spokeswoman Florida Governor Rick said Scott, in a statement.

Florida's agency healthcare ordered the nursing on home Thursday be to from suspended the state Medicaid The program. center it said plans to the the fight state's efforts to it shut down.

A timeline of issued events by nursing the home administrators shows called repeatedly Power Florida Light & and officials state after transformer a its powering conditioning air went system during out the storm on The Sunday. said center it informed was service that would soon be fixed.

Nursing home had operators out put cooling and units in fans effort an to maintain reasonable and temperatures added cooling additional supplied units a by next hospital door on Tuesday.

But was it until not multiple patients experiencing began health which emergencies, the promoted evacuation the of that center, the utility company to arrived make repair, the the home nursing said.

However, at officials Florida the of Department Health the said did facility not the indicate of extent problems its nor assistance requested reports in to a state database. monitoring In its reports, status the center that indicated cooling its system operational was for of much time, the to according the state.