Three residents were found dead at the nursing home and two others died at the hospital, Sharief said during a media conference Wednesday. Aerial footage showed workers placing patients into vans in the parking lot.
Boats ride out Hurricane Irma in a marina on 10 September 2017 in Miami, Florida. It had lost power after Hurricane Irma roared through the state. Sanchez said precautionary checks would be done on Hollywood's 42 other nursing homes.
In 2015, Larkin Community Hospital acquired the rehab facility and adjoining hospital, formerly known as Hollywood Pavilion Hospital, in a bankruptcy auction after its former CEO was convicted of running a Medicare fraud scheme, according to a Larkin press release announcing the purchase.
In other tragic news out of Florida this morning directly tied to Irma, three have died due to carbon monoxide poisoning.
"This is the most stressful situation I've lived in my life", Alvarez said. Hollywood Public Affairs Director Raelin Story said there is no official cause of death yet, but a number were having respitory issues.
MIAMI/SAN JUAN, P.R., Sept 13 (Reuters) - Evacuees from Hurricane Irma returned early Wednesday to parts of the Florida Keys, which remained largely without electricity and communications in the wake of the deadly storm.
Local authorities have opened a criminal investigation into the deaths of the six residents staying at Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills.
Florida's largest utility, Florida Power & Light Co, said western parts of Florida might be without electricity until September 22. More than 300,000 customers in the county, or a third of the total, are still without power as of midday Wednesday. When tornadoes ripped across Alabama in 2011, they flattened an assisted-living centre, tore through a brand-new senior housing complex and ripped apart a nursing home, where four dozen residents massed in hallways, praying as trees crashed down and a cloud of dust rained upon them.
Initial damage assessments found that 25 percent of homes there were destroyed and 65 percent suffered major damage, Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Brock Long said. Florida Power & Light, the largest electric utility company in the state, estimated that more than 2.3 million of its 4.9 million customers were still without power Tuesday night.