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Florida emergency workers have been urged to immediately check the welfare of those in nursing homes after eight people died in a scorching facility that lost its air conditioning during Hurricane Irma.

As many as eight grandparents, parents and loved ones who stayed at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, located at 1200 N 35th Ave., were pronounced dead, officials said, due to intense heat and no power.

John Tupps, Scott's communications director, alleged that, "Every call made to the governor from facility management was referred to the Agency for Health Care Administration and the Florida Department of Health and quickly returned".

Chief Tom Sanchez, the Hollywood Police Chief told that the precautionary checks would be scheduled to be done at other 42 nursing homes of Hollywood.

The storm's death toll grew to at least 33 people in Florida after a woman died of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator in Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach Post newspaper reported. One of the deaths occurred on Tuesday, a city official said.

Some 3.1 million homes and businesses, representing close to one-third of the state's population, were without power on Thursday.

Police evacuated 115 residents, whose air conditioning was cut by the storm, from the facility on Wednesday.

The deaths are now under a criminal investigation with the police refusing to rule anything out.

As of noon on Friday, more 1,680,000 Florida customers were without power, 16 percent of the state's customers, according to state officials.

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A warrant has been signed to begin searching the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, which is affiliated with Larkin Community Hospital, and a criminal investigation is underway.

But it was not until multiple patients began experiencing health emergencies, which promoted the evacuation of the center, that the utility company arrived to make the fix, the nursing home said.

"We have been very, very fast and we had to be", Trump said at an airport hangar where he was joined by Vice President Mike Pence, Gov. Rick Scott and other leaders.

Police said the residents' causes of death were not yet known, the Sentinel reported. Sen. Memorial Regional Hospital is yards away from the nursing home. However, the nursing home itself does have power. Federal prosecutors said that Michel received kickbacks as part of the deal and that some of the patients came from assisted living facilities that he owned.

The temperature in Hollywood for Wednesday is expected to get up to 88 degrees with 74% humidity.

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

Franco said he visited his 92-year-old father, Miguel Franco, and his mother at the nursing home the previous week.

Among the state's almost 700 nursing facilities, about 150 lacked power as of Wednesday morning, said the Florida Health Care Association, which represents most of the homes.

An assisted living center that went without power for almost three days said that its efforts to run fans and keep breezes flowing between open windows could only go so far.