Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez said that the authorities were investigating the deaths and looking at every possibility, adding that nothing would be ruled out, including a criminal angle to the investigation.
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.
Devastated friends and family of the eight people who died at a Hollywood nursing home, are trying to piece together what happened, as a criminal investigation gets underway.
As a precaution, police are also visiting 42 other facilities in the city to make sure patients are okay.
The causes of their death were not immediately clear, but the facility, Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, completed a precautionary evacuation of all its patients.
Raelin Story, a Broward County spokesperson, said fire rescue operatives arrived at the home to find the facilities sweltering hot, leaving numerous elderly patients unable to breathe. The utilities have announced that power outage in some area could be extended for days, it could even extend for weeks. Dozens of the state's senior centers still lacked electricity in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, and several facilities were forced to evacuate.
"We're looking into the temperatures inside the facility, the staffing inside the facility and the condition leading up to these incidents", said Storey who also confirmed that police had received a warrant to search inside the facility.
One would think that the terrible photo of nursing-home residents in Houston, left to languish in waist-high water after Hurricane Harvey, would have made every facility in Florida cringe - and come up with a Plan A, B and C as Irma approached.
Not counting the nursing home deaths, at least 17 people in Florida have died under Irma-related circumstances, and six more in SC and Georgia, many of them well after the storm had passed.
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Trump and Vice President Pence met with Scott and greeted rescue workers. The trio handed out food and posed for photos as people approached them.
"Although the details of these reported deaths are still under investigation, this situation is unfathomable", Scott tweeted.
Some relatives said they still did not know if their family members were among those who died after the storm.
The hurricane struck northern Caribbean islands last week, leaving at least 44 people dead, before it smashed into the U.S. mainland over the weekend, with at least 33 storm-related deaths reported.
At least six people died of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning from generators in Florida.
Utility workers fix power lines in Marathon, Florida, after Hurricane Irma. Today, five nursing home patients in Hollywood succumbed to the Florida heat and died early this morning.
Officials initially said as many as 158 people had been moved from the center; on Thursday, police clarified that 145 patients were sent to Memorial Regional Hospital - 141 from the center and four from an adjoining facility.
Another 115 residents were evacuated from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills. As part of the licensure process, AHCA confirms that the facility's emergency plan has been submitted to local officials.
Medicare records show that the nursing home, owned by Larkin Health Systems Inc., was fined $5,500 in February 2016 for unspecified violations.
The vast majority of South Florida remains without power three days after Irma nailed South Florida.
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