The center did not lose power during the storm, but it lost a transformer that powers the air conditioning, nursing home administrator Jorge Carballo said in a statement late Wednesday. Sanchez says a criminal investigation into the deaths has been opened.
Emergency dispatchers received a 911 call from the facility at 4 a.m. on Wednesday, according to a Hollywood Police Department spokesperson.
Broward officials said that the nursing home was in compliance with state and federal rules that require an evacuation plan.
A news release from the City of Hollywood said that three patients were found dead in the facility early Wednesday, while others were taken to the hospital and pronounced dead there. And at the huge, 15,000-resident Century Village retirement community in Pembroke Pines, where there were also widespread outages, rescue workers went door to door in the 94-degree heat checking on residents and bringing ice, water and meals.
The overall death toll from Irma climbed to 81 on Wednesday, with several hard-hit Caribbean islands accounting for more than half the fatalities, and officials continued to assess damage inflicted by the second major hurricane to strike the us mainland this year.
"There's nothing we can do", Long said.
Eight people were dead in a Broward County nursing home left without power post-Hurricane Irma.
Six people have died from a nursing home in Hollywood, Fla., that lost power in the wake of Hurricane Irma, and dozens more had to be evacuated to nearby hospitals.
Police have started a criminal investigation into the deaths.
"We stayed with her for about four hours and then they decided they were going to take all the equipment off", said Wingo, "and that was it". He also said that if the nursing facility was found to be at fault, it would face the full extent of the law. He added: "As of Tuesday, [the facility] was reporting that everything was OK, that it was using portable air conditioners and fans".
The deaths come as Florida continues the recovery and rebuilding process days after Irma pounded the state's peninsula. The facility itself has power, the individual said. Sharief said she has urged Florida Power & Light Co.to prioritize restoring power to places where the elderly and other vulnerable people live. One other person died while paramedics and authorities evacuated the facility; three more people died in the hospital. It's unclear if the nursing home had a generator or not.
"Parts of the facility itself were energized by FPL, I can't give you anything more specific than that at this point", FPL spokesman Rob Gould told a news conference, referring to the Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills.
The air conditioning was out, but Sanchez said it remained under investigation whether power was entirely cut.
"Based on observation and interview, it was determined that the facility failed to handle, store, process, and transport linens so as to prevent the spread of infection", one part of the report said. The nursing home has a poor history of inspection results and is affiliated with a South Miami hospital with a troubled past of its own. Floridians are suffering without power and heat is also become troublesome for people in the state which is known for the sweltering temperatures. The association is working with the state to identify homes without power in greatest need so utility companies could prioritize them.