Nine million people without power as Irma death toll climbs

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are in Florida after Hurricane Irma

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are in Florida after Hurricane Irma

Eight people have died at a Florida nursing home that was left without power for days after Hurricane Irma.

Trump said restoring electricity in Florida was a priority following the storm, which left at least 20 people dead in the southern U.S. state, including the eight retirement home residents in Hollywood, north of Miami.

There are 683 nursing homes in Florida with over 84,000 beds, according to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, which licenses and regulates these facilities. But the initial investigation found that "the building's air conditioning system was not fully functional", the city and police department said in a joint statement. Kirsch noted that hundreds of elderly people died in the 1995 Chicago heat wave and when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005.

He also went to Naples, Florida, to meet with Hurricane Irma victims.

About 150 of the Florida's almost 700 nursing facilities were without electricity as of Wednesday morning, according to the Florida Health Care Association, which represents majority.

"Like many places in South Florida, the nursing home has been without power since being blasted by tropical storm winds with hurricane gusts on the edge of Hurricane Irma".

The Florida Health Care Association, an industry group, said it was informed that 64 of the state's 683 nursing homes did not have full power services restored as of Thursday morning. No arrests have been made in the criminal probe, according to police in the city just north of Miami.

Bondi also said there have been 11,080 complaints about price gouging during and after the hurricane barreled through the state, leaving millions without power.

WSVN-TV reported that the evacuations and deaths occurred at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills due to intense heat and no power.

The Hollywood center where the deaths occurred had earned a "below average" mark of two out of five stars from the nursing home rating system for Medicare, the USA health insurance program for the elderly and disabled, Medicare records showed.

Police said they have obtained a search warrant for the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, a facility that had a history of citations and poor inspections.

Early on Wednesday, several calls were placed to emergency services from the Hollywood nursing home.

Yet, she said, no one came - and nursing home officials did not consider the crisis urgent enough to bring patients to the hospital across the road.

A kitchen worker Jean Lindor told the Miami Herald that the air conditioning system was not working following the storm on Sunday.

While Southeast Texas took the brunt of Harvey's wrath, Hurricane Irma's destruction was more widespread, causing damage in the Caribbean and across the Florida peninsula.

More than 6 million people were evacuated from their homes in Florida, and they have slowly begun to return, even as roadways remain littered with debris, homes lack electricity and traffic signals have gone dark.

Officials initially said as many as 158 people had been moved from the center; on Thursday, police clarified that 145 patients were sent to Memorial Regional Hospital - 141 from the center and four from an adjoining facility. Broward County said the home alerted officials Tuesday that it had lost power, but when asked if it had any medical needs or emergencies, it did not request help.

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