Dead, Others Evacuated at Hollywood Nursing Home Without Power After Irma

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Days after Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida, causing widespread destruction, and killing at least 23 people in Florida and nearby states, President Donald Trump will visit the state on Thursday Sept. 14.

"Once we determined we had multiple deaths... we made the decision to evacuate", said Hollywood Police Chief Tom Sanchez.

Temperatures reached into the 90s Tuesday and Wednesday in Hollywood. "We know one thing is that our dad passed because of whatever happened there", said Franco.

"We've gone as long as 10 days before without power, but we were a lot younger; it was easier then", said Wallen jokingly. He added that Irma's death toll was a "very small number", considering the power of the storm. "Can't give you anything more specific than that at this point".

SC governor Henry McMaster on Tuesday lifted an evacuation order that had been in effect on the barrier islands in the southern part of the state.

The state corporate registration for The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, LLC lists South Miami Dr. Jack Michel - the president, director and agent of Larkin Community Hospital - as the company's manager.

"There are numerous bridges of support that have to be inspected before we can put commodities down the roadway to support citizens", Brock told CNN. They unfortunately did not answer them after several calls.

1/2 BREAKING: @CBSMiami has learned that in the 36 hours before the first death at the Hollywood nursing home @FLGovScott was called... One question is, why were there mass deaths at this one nursing home when it didn't happen and others?

Around 115 residents of the retirement home in Hollywood, north of Miami, were immediately evacuated after a nearby hospital began receiving patients suffering from heat-related problems.

MARTIN: But it does seem like every time there's a natural disaster, there are these stories of people passing away in nursing homes.

A nurse from Memorial Regional walked over to the center around 6 a.m. and decided it was in the best interest of the patients to get them out. Failure to comply with the new rules will result in penalties including fines up to $1,000 a day and the possible revocation of a facility's license, he said.

Most of the deceased were treated for respiratory distress, dehydration and heat-related issues.

An official from Memorial said the health care network that includes the hospital was helping evacuate people from the rehabilitation center, which is not part of the Memorial system, and would take some to other hospitals in the region.

Broward County had said it did not label the nursing home as "critical" infrastructure based on a Florida Power and Light guidance document suggesting that these facilities are "non-critical, but play a decisive role in community recovery after a serious event", the county said in its statement. Families looking for information can call the hospital hotline at 954-265-1074.

One resident died late Tuesday at Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills and was taken directly to a funeral home.

The Florida Keys were particularly hard hit, with federal officials saying that 25 percent of homes were destroyed and 65 percent suffered major damage.