A criminal investigation into the deaths has now been launched, and Carballo said the nursing home is cooperating with authorities. "We believe at this time they may be related to the loss of power in the storm".
"Right now the building has been sealed off and we're conducting a criminal investigation inside". An Airstron employee, Dave Long, was called to fix the air conditioning.
Dr. Randy Katz, medical director of the emergency department at Memorial Regional Hospital, said the hospital began receiving patients early on Wednesday. State health care records list Michel as an officer and board member of the nursing home with a controlling interest.
Michel declined to comment when contacted Wednesday.
"They had generators collapse and their other one, the last one, seemed like it was about to fail", Gomez told BuzzFeed News.
The situation in the Sunshine State was trying the patience of people who rode out the storm and those who came home after evacuating Irma's path to find widespread devastation and access to their neighborhoods limited at times.
A total of 115 residents were evacuated, Hollywood police said. The hurricane itself may be the answer to the second question, but not the first. Three people were found deceased at the site and three more died later, the police said. Several other residents are reported to be in critical condition.
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The nursing home deaths were reported Wednesday in Hollywood three days after Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys and left millions statewide without power.
Power outages in Florida affected nearly 5 million homes, organizations and businesses, among them gas stations, which need the electricity to keep pumps working. Now a tropical depression, Irma has moved through Georgia and is still expected to bring torrential rainfall as far north as North Carolina on Tuesday.
It also claimed the lives of 37 people when it devastated many parts of the Caribbean.
"It's one of the things we're doing aggressively", Scott said. "We're going to get this state rebuilt".
The number of people without electricity in the steamy late-summer heat dropped to 9.5 million - just under half of Florida's population.
Massive power outages are crippling much of the Southeast on Tuesday.
Michel is a licensed medical doctor in Florida but now is not practicing in the state, according to the Florida Department of Health.
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