People found dead at Florida nursing home that lost power during Irma

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The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills has a health inspection rating of "much below average" by the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration, which evaluates all long-term care facilities in the state for the USA government.

Through a representative, Carballo told the SunSentinel newspaper that the home has a back-up generator but that it does not power the air conditioning.

Five people died after a reported air-conditioning issue forced the evacuation of a Hollywood nursing home Wednesday morning, officials said.

Police had evacuated 115 residents on Wednesday to other facilities in the area. Ten Florida hospitals are now closed and are continuing to coordinate with the state on reopening. In Daytona Beach, one person died and three other were hospitalized after ingesting poisonous fumes from a gas generator.

In the U.S., around 4.3 million homes and businesses, or about nine million people, were without power in Florida and nearby states today, according to Reuters. The woman said she was speaking on behalf of Michel. "We're conducting a criminal investigation, not ruling anything out at this time".

It is thought the resents may have died after a loss of air conditioning during the power outage. "I would be remiss if i didn't say our deepest sympathies goes out to the families of those lost their lives", Gould said.

A spokeswoman for Larkin Hospital, who identified herself only as Christina, would not discuss the relationship between Larkin and the rehab center, but said nursing home administrators would issue a statement later. He also said investigators will look into how many windows were open in the nursing home.

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"We are directing a criminal examination (and) not precluding anything as of now", Sanchez said at a question and answer session Wednesday.

Sharief said it was not immediately clear what caused the deaths at the nursing home, which is believed to have lost air conditioning after the storm.

Hurricane Irma weakened as it pummeled Florida - but the storm still packed a powerful punch, spawning torrential downpours, tornadoes and flash floods.

The Rehabilitation Centre at Hollywood Hills had been left without electricity since Irma struck the Sunshine State on Sunday.

There were still more than nine-million people across the state without power on Wednesday, and utility officials say it could be another week or more until power is fully restored. More than 40 died in the Caribbean.

Flora Mitchell arrived at the home trying to find out what happened to her 58-year-old sister, Vonda Wilson, a stroke patient who lived there for about 10 years.

"A number of people were in respiratory and other distresses", said Sanchez.