Florida Keys residents trickle back to warning of new crisis

Florida Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott joined President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence Thursday

Florida Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott joined President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence Thursday

"When the power goes out generators can be a lifesaver, but used without good ventilation generators can be deadly", Cooper said in the release.

"I will be traveling to Florida tomorrow to meet with our great Coast Guard, FEMA and numerous fearless first responders & others", President Trump tweeted.

Raelin Story, a Broward County spokesperson, said fire rescue operatives arrived at the home to find the facilities sweltering hot, leaving numerous elderly patients unable to breathe.

Residents have increasingly expressed anger at Florida Power & Light, the only electricity company on the East coast of Florida, for what they say was inadequate planning or structural reinforcements before the storm. In both instances, the nursing home corrected these deficiencies.

A third call later came in as well, police said.

"We are devastated by these losses".

The center had been without air conditioning, Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief told reporters on Wednesday.

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

High temperatures at the nursing home's location were in the 90s Tuesday and Wednesday.

For those with family or homes in Florida, it may have been hard to determine the scope of the damage left behind when Hurricane Irma struck this week, as power went out and phone lines were down.

Early previous year Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills only had a temporary generator and couldn't describe plans to replace it with a permanent generator, according to records from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Several residents from the center could be seen sitting on wheelchairs outside the nursing home next to the hospital.

The utility said it urges facilities with patients dependent on electricity-powered equipment, and who don't have power, to call 911 if there is a life-threatening situation. The workers get them from a nearby hospital.

"These people are basically prisoners in their own homes", said Pembroke Pines City Manager Charlie Dodge.

"I am going to work to aggressively demand answers on how this tragic event took place", Governor Rick Scott said in a statement.

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 Florida Department of Health also responded to the story.

The entire facility -which has two wings- was evacuated.

As a precaution, officials were checking on all of the other 42 assisted living facilities in Hollywood on Wednesday, NBC Miami reported.

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.