Donald Trump visits Florida to see Hurricane Irma devastation

4 Dead From Apparent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning After Irma

Police opened a criminal investigation at the Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills, where two elderly residents were found dead at the facility and three later died at a hospital, officials said.

Not counting the nursing home deaths, at least 17 people in Florida have died under Irma-related circumstances, and six more in SC and Georgia, many of them well after the storm had passed.

Several other nursing homes were evacuated because of a lack of power or air conditioning, and workers scrambled to keep patients cool with emergency stocks of ice and Popsicles.

Skilled nursing operators were already focused on emergency preparations before the recent hurricanes, but following the deaths of eight SNF residents in the wake of Hurricane Irma, providers can expect harsh consequences if their plans don't meet requirements.

Many communities are still cleaning up or without power or air conditioning.

Police were first called to the facility at about 4:30 a.m. but did not arrive until after 6 a.m., officials said. They said it would take until September 22 to get electricity back to the majority of customers in southwest Florida.

In North Carolina and SC, where Duke Energy provides electricity for more than 4 million customers, the utility said it has turned the power back on for 160,000 customers and that 48,644 remain affected. "I had a problem with my back, if I go down I have to sleep in the parking lot because I am not sure that the elevator is going to work to come up", said 80-year-old resident Ariceli Milian.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday night that he directed the Agency for Health Care Administration to terminate the Hollywood Hills center as a provider for Medicaid, which helps low-income people receive health care.

"FP&L spokesperson Rob Gould said restoration to almost all customers in the eastern half of the state should be completed by Sunday night", member station WLRN reports.

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As recovery continues, President Donald Trump was due to visit Naples in southwestern Florida on Thursday.

Firefighters pulled seven people from the home, three of whom died at the scene.

"Most of the patients have been treated for respiratory distress, dehydration, & heat- related issues", doctors said during a news conference.

Some were frustrated, just like resident Amber Roelos who said earlier in the week after sleeping in her vehicle for 54 hours, "I'm pregnant".

Jack Michel, the sole person listed on the nursing home's corporate registration in Florida, appears to have been accused of fraudulent activity in the past. He added: "As of Tuesday, [the facility] was reporting that everything was OK, that it was using portable air conditioners and fans". By the afternoon, five more had died. Robert Gould, the utility's chief communications officer, said he understood that certain parts of the facility had power.

At another assisted-living facility near Miami, the manager said the building lost power Tuesday morning, well after the hurricane had passed.

In the dining hall on Wednesday, staff members were pressing cold rags on patients' shoulders and necks.

"It's very, very hot here", she said. "I'm just sitting here", she said.

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