FLORA MITCHELL: I don't know if my sister's living. "I'm saving my money up and moving out of here", she said. It is treating 115 patients at various hospitals, mainly for dehydration, respiratory issues including respiratory failure, heat exhaustion and high fevers.
Meanwhile, one of the main highways that connects Florida to the rest of the country is in danger of being closed because of flooding caused by Hurricane Irma. Elsewhere, facilities lacking electricity statewide tried to keep residents cool with dampened cloths and urged utilities to work quickly.
Sanchez said that officers and fire crews responded Wednesday morning to a call from the facility about some patients in need of critical care.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he was "heartbroken" to learn of the deaths at the nursing home.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., said he spoke with the Secretary of Health and Human Services to get to the bottom of the tragedy.
Early on Wednesday, several calls were placed to emergency services from the Hollywood nursing home.
And at the huge, 15,000-resident Century Village retirement community in Pembroke Pines, more than half the residential buildings had no power Wednesday afternoon.
Back then, Esformes owned a chain of Miami-Dade assisted-living facilities and supplied patients to Larkin. After the hurricane passed, a deputy took her back home and another brought her food.
Corey Smith, a UPS driver who rode out the hurricane in Key Largo, said it was a relief that many buildings on the island escaped major damage.
Near the point of despair, remembering to take her medicine or locating her cane are nearly insurmountable challenges.
Though the number of people with electricity had drastically improved from earlier in the week, some 6.8 million people across the peninsula continued to wait for power, and utility officials warned it could take a week or more for all areas to be back up and running.
More aid on way for Irma-battered islands; death toll grows
Flooding continued Sunday afternoon along the malecón, spreading into adjacent streets with waist-level water in some areas. Branson, who lives in the British Virgin Islands , which were devastated by Irma, rode out the storm in his wine cellar.
President Donald Trump is set to make his first visit to the region Thursday to see the devastation. The death toll across the Caribbean stood at 38.
The facility is one of almost 700 nursing homes across the state, about 150 of which still lacked power on Wednesday morning when the Hollywood Hills crisis occurred, according to the Florida Health Care Association. Another resident died later in hospital, officials said.
Three died at the nursing home, and three others died after being transported to Memorial Healthcare System facilities, city officials said.
"We are fully cooperating with all authorities and regulators to assess what went wrong and to ensure our other residents are cared for", he said.
"Based on news reports, the nursing home has been cited repeatedly for safety and other violations".
"Everything's gone", said Jen Gilreath, a 33-year-old bartender whose Jacksonville home filled with knee-high floodwaters.
"People are telling me different things", she said Wednesday evening.
The air conditioning was out, but Sanchez said it remained under investigation whether power was entirely cut. The Broward County medical examiner identified three of the victims-all women over 70 years old-but hadn't yet determined the cause of death. The facility itself has power, the individual said. For example, the website said 25.9 percent of "short stay" residents were hospitalized again after admission to the nursing home, above the state average of 23 percent and the national average of 21.1 percent. 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.
The home said in a statement that the hurricane had knocked out a transformer that powered the AC. The facility was being evacuated, but it was unclear when the order to clear the site was put in effect.
At the Hollywood nursing home, Jean Lindor, a kitchen worker, said through a Haitian Creole translator that the air conditioner had not been working since the storm and it had been hot inside.