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Rick Scott, Others, Refute Rehab Center Claims After 8 Deaths

Rick Scott, Others, Refute Rehab Center Claims After 8 Deaths

Officials initially said as many as 158 people had been moved from the center; on Thursday, police clarified that 145 patients were sent to Memorial Regional Hospital - 141 from the center and four from an adjoining facility.

The number of deaths blamed on Irma in Florida climbed to 13 with the carbon monoxide deaths, in addition to four in SC and two in Georgia.

A criminal investigation was underway, Hollywood police said.

When asked why the patients hadnt been taken across the street to Memorial Regional hospital when temperatures became unsafe, Hollywood city spokeswoman Rayelin Storey said, “We cant get inside the heads of the staff and the administrators of this facility.”.

The Lower Keys are still completely without power, but the Florida Keys Electric Co-op, which provides service to the Upper Keys, said about 30 percent of the region does now have electricity.

It was not clear whether the facility had a backup generator of if there were other problems with the air conditioning. Rescue crews went door to door in the 94-degree heat to check on people and hand out water, ice and meals. Anitere Flores said on Tuesday's conference call. "Thousands of FPL employees and partners from across the country are working day and night to help get Florida back up and running", said Jim Robo, NextEra Energy chairman and CEO. Headquartered in Juno Beach, Florida, NextEra Energy's principal subsidiaries are Florida Power & Light Company, which serves almost 5 million customer accounts in Florida and is one of the largest rate-regulated electric utilities in the United States, and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun.

"I don't know what he's going to do".

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In a release, the office of the Broward Medical Examiner and Trauma Services confirmed the eight death at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in east coastal city of Hollywood.

Mr. Trump was scheduled on Thursday to fly first to Fort Myers, Florida, and then to Naples, where he will visit some of the areas damaged by Irma. "Generally, we are treating dehydration, heat exhaustion and severe respiratory conditions, and we do have some critical patients".

"I have nobody", she said.

Police were checking on more than 40 other nursing facilities in Hollywood, Kate Stein of member station WLRN tells NPR's Newscast unit.

"Unfathomable", Gov. Rick Scott said of the nursing home deaths. He added: "As of Tuesday, [the facility] was reporting that everything was OK, that it was using portable air conditioners and fans". Robert Gould, the utility's chief communications officer, said he understood that certain parts of the facility had power.

There are some conflicting details about exactly how much power the building lost. "We believe at this time they (the deaths) may be related to the loss of power in the storm".

Anne Richards, who manages Sunny Hills Assisted Living Community in Homestead, said she is asking relatives of the facility's 97 elderly residents if they can come take their loved ones someplace cooler. "It was very hot on the second floor". One woman who talked to us - her name was Flora Mitchell.