Police Chief Tomas Sanchez said another 115 patients were evacuated, including several in critical condition.
When asked why the patients hadn't been taken across the street to Memorial Regional hospital when temperatures became risky, Hollywood city spokeswoman Rayelin Storey said, "We can't get inside the heads of the staff and the administrators of this facility".
At least 27 people died in Florida and nearby USA states, and destruction was widespread in the Keys, where Irma made initial U.S. landfall on Sunday and became the second major hurricane to strike the mainland this season.
Some 4.3 million homes and businesses were still without power on Wednesday in Florida and neighboring states, down from 7.4 million customers on Monday, according to Reuters. Prosecutors say that after he bought the hospital in 1998, Michel and others fraudulently increased the number of patients at the facility, along with their Medicare and Medicaid revenues, by bringing in patients from nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. But we are saddened by the loss of these nursing home residents and the trauma that they suffered at the end.
Almost a week after Hurricane Irma walloped Florida, the recovery mission picked up momentum as more people had electricity and schools made plans to reopen.
Gillum said he found the incident disturbing and also called for a second look into the deaths. "The facility took proactive measure and notified us they were going to be moving elderly individuals to different facilities".
The image above shows just how close Hollywood Hills nursing home is (on the right) to Memorial Hospital (on the left).
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"(We) quickly identified some issues inside the facility with fire rescue and immediately evacuated the building", Katz said.
New drone video out of Florida captured an aerial view of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the Sunshine State.
The Hollywood Police Department has opened a criminal investigation into the deaths.
"If they find that anyone wasn t acting in the best interests of their patients, we will hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law", he said.
Power outages hit other Southeastern states as the storm moved north, including Georgia.
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The rehab center's administrator, Jorge Carballo, said the home "is cooperating fully with relevant authorities to investigate the circumstances that led to this unfortunate and tragic outcome".
Gov. Scott said Wednesday he was "absolutely heartbroken" to learn of the "unfathomable" deaths at the retirement facility and promised to "aggressively demand answers".