Hurricane Irma: 33 percent of Manatee County still without power

Hurricane Irma: 33 percent of Manatee County still without power

"The heat I felt, can you imagine those little old people?"

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills says it lost power during Irma, but utility company Florida Power & Light issued a statement to CBS Miami on Friday saying part of the facility had electricity. This facility is not affiliated with Memorial Healthcare System. Then, police responded to a 911 call and found three people dead and others in struggling health. First responders ordered the nursing home evacuated.

Cuba's civil defense authorities told Al Jazeera that the deaths were linked to a number of causes resulting from the storm, including accidents, collapsed buildings and residents refusing to evacuate their homes. He picked the center because of its proximity to Memorial Regional Hospital, just in case she needed immediate care.

All patients who survived have been removed from the nursing home and taken to hospitals. The causes of the deaths are now under investigation but are most likely thought to be heat related. Police said they have sealed off the building and opened a criminal probe after the remaining nursing home patients were transferred to neighboring hospitals. State investigators from the Florida Office of the Attorney General are also on scene.

Officials said 18 additional patients from a second adjoining facility were also being relocated due to the investigation, though these patients were "not medically compromised".

The hospital has set up a hotline, 954-265-1074, so that families of nursing home residents can check on their loved ones.

Statewide, 64 nursing homes were still waiting Thursday for full power, according to the Florida Health Care Association.

"At this point, we're better off taking care of them where they are".

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"I am going to work to aggressively demand answers on how this tragic event took place", Scott said in a statement. Twelve other storm-related deaths had been reported by the Florida Division of Emergency Management as of Tuesday afternoon. Any plan submitted by the Hollywood center was not immediately available. Ten Florida hospitals are now closed and are continuing to coordinate with the state on reopening. The News-Press reports that there are still 600 people in shelters in Lee County, four days after the storm. Every school district with evacuations offered this service.

Gov. Rick Scott of Florida said that over all, Irma's damage to his state was not as bad as the direct forecasts had predicted, but that some areas were thoroughly brutalized.

Here is the timeline as provided by the Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills.

By Monday evening, after repeated calls to FPL, a senior official with the nursing home, Natasha Anderson, called the cell phone number provided by Scott.

AHCA and DCF have launched investigations.

The vast majority of South Florida remains without power three days after Irma nailed South Florida.

In the battered Florida Keys, meanwhile, county officials pushed back against a preliminary estimate from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that 25 per cent of all homes in the Keys were destroyed and almost all the rest were heavily damaged.

At a later news conference, Sanchez said one of those facilities was evacuated because of the heat.

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