Trump traveling to storm-ravaged Florida Thursday

Rick Scott

Rick Scott

As additional patients were found in distress, police and doctors from Memorial Hospital finally made a decision to evacuate the entire nursing home at about 6am, according to accounts from Katz and Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez.

Gov. Rick Scott called on Florida emergency workers to immediately check on all nursing homes to make sure patients are safe, and he vowed to punish anyone found culpable in the deaths. "This situation is unfathomable". But there were also several days to prepare, and the loss of power is one of the first things to happen with a hurricane.

Broward County Medical Examiner Dr. Craig Mallak said his office had received the bodies of three of the victims - two women age 71 and another who was 78 - for autopsies.

An NPS statement on the parkway's website says conditions vary across the parkway, and while some sections have reopened, others require more in-depth and technical cleanup to mitigate substantial tree and rock damage.

Vice President Mike Pence also spoke in Florida, where he committed the federal government's help in repairing the Sunshine State.

"What we know now is that a portion of the facility did, in fact, have power, that there was a hospital with power across the parking lot from this facility and that the nursing home was required to have a permanently installed, operational generator", said FPL's Peter Robbins in a statement.

He said most of the patients admitted to the hospital have been treated for respiratory distress, dehydration and heat-related issues. After the storm passed, a deputy took her back home and another brought her food.

At least five people died and 120 were evacuated at a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, according to fire officials.

One person was found dead and three others were taken to the hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning in Daytona Beach, caused by fumes from a gas generator. Sharief confirmed during a news conference that three residents died at the center and two died at the hospital.

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".

Through a representative, Carballo told the SunSentinel newspaper that the home has a backup generator but that it does not power the air conditioning.

The nursing home had a history of poor inspections and citations.

Scott announced Thursday the Center will no longer receive state Medicaid funds. They're not going to leave now.

The center said the hurricane knocked out a transformer that powered the air conditioning.

Outages had fatal consequences at a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, north of Miami.

The number of people without electricity in the steamy late-summer heat dropped to 9.5 million - just under half of Florida's population. Utility officials warned it could take over a week for power to be fully restored.

Ironically, when Harvey hit, Trump proclaimed on Twitter that it "looks like largest ever (storm) recorded in the Atlantic" and that "many people" were saying it "is the worst storm/hurricane they have ever seen". Rescue crews went door to door in the 94-degree heat to check on people and hand out water, ice and meals.

Amber Mickles, who was looking for her great-grandmother, aged 94, told the New York Post: "Imagine the heat, I am 29 and I can't take it and for them to have to sit through is awful". "And we're not leaving".

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson called the six deaths in Hollywood "an excusable tragedy" and called on authorities to get to the bottom of it.

"We're deadset on that", said Mr. Trump of rebuilding efforts in the Florida Keys, the hardest hit area in the state.