-Hurricane-scarred Florida warily eyed the fate of its most vulnerable residents and emergency workers were urged to immediately check on those in nursing homes after eight people died in a scorching facility that lost its air conditioning in the storm.
Early Wednesday morning, after responding to three calls about patients there in distress, firefighters went through the facility and found three people dead and evacuated more than 150 patients to hospitals, authorities said.
The Florida Health Care Association, the industry group for the state's nursing homes, said it had notified the state about which facilities were without power "so utility companies can prioritize locations with the greatest need".
Twelve other storm-related deaths had been reported by the Florida Division of Emergency Management as of Tuesday afternoon.
"It's a sad state of affairs", the police chief said. Hollywood Public Affairs Director Raelin Story said there is no official cause of death yet, but a number were having respiratory issues.
Gould said FPL met with Broward County officials in March before the storm season to discuss what facilities would be prioritized for power restoration this year.
The facility is not the only Florida nursing home that has been left without power by Irma.
Even though threats can be grave to seniors staying in facilities in the path of a storm, evacuations also can be deadly.
As a precautionary measure, Sanchez said he assigned officers to check the other 42 nursing homes throughout the city to make certain they're properly taking care of the elderly.
Statewide, Hurricane Irma left 39 nursing homes out of nearly 700 without power on Thursday.
In addition to severe flooding across Florida and extensive property damage in the Keys, residents faced widespread power outages that initially plunged more than half the state into darkness. Some were in critical condition and taken to area hospitals.
Sanchez, the police chief, said a criminal investigation had been launched.
Kennedy says 66 patients were transported by bus and 16 were picked up by family members. The medical examiner's office said the victims were five women and three men, ages 70 to 99.
Trump was traveling to Naples and Fort Myers on Florida's southwestern coast to meet with those affected by the hurricane and learn more about relief efforts.
The website includes a federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services report that said a health inspection was conducted by the state March 31 and found a series of deficiencies at the facility.
An assisted living center that went without power for almost three days said that its efforts to run fans and keep breezes flowing between open windows could only go so far.
Four people in two different incidents in Florida died from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by electric generators. More than 21,000 people remain in shelters across the state.