U.S. police have obtained a search warrant in their criminal investigation of the deaths of eight elderly patients exposed to sweltering heat after their Miami-area nursing home was left with little or no air conditioning in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
We have five confirmed deaths at this facility.
"The devastation left by Hurricane Irma was far greater, at least in certain locations, than anyone thought - but awesome people working hard!" Do we open shelters?
In a press conference Thursday, Memorial Regional staff members said that when they arrived at the center, they saw patients in distress and in bad shape.
More than four million homes and businesses are still without power in Florida and neighbouring states.
"It's a sad state of affairs", the police chief said.
"There were a number of very sick people".
The storm's death toll grew to at least 33 people in Florida after a woman died of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator in Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach Post newspaper reported. A Tampa man died after the chain saw he was using to remove trees recoiled and cut his carotid artery.
More than 100 residents at the nursing home were transferred to neighboring branches of Memorial Regional Hospital, along with patients from a nearby facility that also was evacuated due to the police investigation, Hollywood city officials said.
"We have other patients in critical care", Sanchez told reporters.
During meetings with officials Friday in the Keys, Gov. Rick Scott said he understands the frustration of residents but cautioned they could not return until it was safe. County officials released documents showing that the Hollywood facility was in compliance with that regulation and that it held a hurricane drill with its staff in October.
Six people are dead after Hurricane Irma knocked out air conditioning at a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, according to ABC affiliate WPLG.
WSVN-TV report that the nursing home did appear to have a back up generator, although it does not appear to have been working. They do not sweat as much and are more likely to have medical conditions that change how the body responds to heat.
Florida's healthcare agency ordered the nursing home on Thursday to be suspended from the state Medicaid programme.
In a statement, Nursing Home Administrator Jorge Carballo insisted the facility was well prepared for the storm. Utility officials warned it could take 10 days or more for power to be fully restored. Rescue crews went door to door in the 94-degree heat to check on people and hand out water, ice and meals.
"At this point we're better off taking care of them where they are. And we're not leaving". Nelson demanded a federal investigation.
"The President's action during these times demonstrate why he's a true leader who can bring the country together and get things done for the American people", Sanders said.
The maps let users compare the damage photos to those taken pre-Irma.
In Big Pine Key, about 10 miles east of where Category 4 Irma made landfall in Cudjoe Key almost a week ago, the devastation was widespread. But the extent of the damage has been an unanswered question for days because some places have been unreachable.
POTUS joined the relief effort by handing out food and cracking jokes with hurricane victims. One transformer handles life and safety systems while the second supports the air conditioning system. The nurses were trying to help the patients.
Having left a trail of destruction in the Caribbean, Hurricane Irma hit the Florida Keys at the weekend and made its way up the Gulf Coast before dissipating.