Six people are dead after Hurricane Irma knocked out air conditioning at a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, according to ABC affiliate WPLG. Homebound seniors found help from charities, churches and authorities.
"We're conducting a criminal investigation into the deaths that occurred here", Hollywood police chief Tomas Sanchez said.
Florida's biggest utility lined up fix trucks in the Miami area, but officials say it could be more than a week before electricity is back for everyone.
A neighbor told FOX35 Orlando generators were not allowed in the community, and officials across Florida are warning people to keep generators outside homes. The separate Florida Assisted Living Association said many of its South Florida members lacked electricity. The group was working on a precise count.
The hurricane reportedly killed more than 55 people in total. The center was left without full air conditioning after the hurricane hit, and the deaths stirred outrage over what many saw as a preventable tragedy. They are also more likely to take medication that affects body temperature.
Homebound seniors were also a concern.
Further north in Daytona Beach, police said one person died and three others were being treated at a hospital Wednesday for carbon monoxide poisoning from an electric generator.
"At this point we're better off taking care of them where they are". Soon after, a third patient transport call came in, and the fire department sent over more crews, the City of Hollywood said in a statement. "You're not going to convince a 95-year-old Holocaust survivor to do something that she doesn't want to do".
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Officials warn it could take upward of 10 days for power to be fully restored.
Reacting to the number of casualties, Mr Trump said: "When you think of the incredible power of that storm, and while people unfortunately passed, it was such a small number". Authorities are now reporting death toll at 31, while more than 2.5 million Americans still don't have access to power.
"Staff set up mobile cooling units and fans to cool the facility and continually checked on our residents' well-being to ensure they were hydrated", Carballo said.
"Someone's got to answer for this".
Airstron employee Dave Long - who was called out to fix the problem - said he'd been calling Florida Power & Light for days to fix a fuse which appeared to have popped out during the hurricane.
Glendale Owens, the daughter of one of the men who died, said she last visited her father in the nursing home Monday and everything seemed fine. Phone calls to the nursing home went unanswered Wednesday morning.
President Donald Trump couldn't resist injecting a dose of politics into his tour of storm-damaged Florida on Thursday, saying Republican Gov. Rick Scott is doing such a good job with the recovery effort that he should run for the Senate.