Calls to the owner and other officials at the Hollywood home were not immediately returned, but the facility's administrator, Jorge Caballo, said in a statement that it was "cooperating fully with relevant authorities to investigate the circumstances that led to this unfortunate and tragic outcome".
Crews were called to the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday after residents woke up sick, according to the Miami Herald.
Five residents of a Hollywood Hills nursing home left without power after Hurricane Irma have died.
There are some conflicting details about exactly how much power the building lost. "The facility took proactive measure and notified us they were going to be moving elderly individuals to different facilities".
Sanchez noted the department believes the deaths are connected to the loss of power and air conditioning during the storm. SC had two deaths.
"Approximately 150 facilities out of the almost 700 (nursing) facilities in the state do not now have full power services restored", continued the FHCA statement. Jon reports: "As of yesterday, [the facility] was reporting that everything was OK, that they were using portable air conditioners and fans".
The Keys felt Irmay's full fury when the hurricane roared in on Sunday with 130 miles per hour (209 kph) winds.
President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, were to visit Florida to survey the damage on Thursday.
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If that's true, then having power would have made no difference.
Irma's economic toll on Florida already includes almost $250 million in preparation and recovery expenses by 31 state agencies. Michel and other Larkin owners paid $15.4 million in 2006 to settle health care fraud claims filed against them by the U.S. Attorney's Office and the state of Florida.
But as the power outages have lingered and residents have turned to generators, authorities have also warned of the danger these devices cause, noting that misusing them can easily sicken or kill people inside homes. Drinking water and power were cut off, all three of the islands' hospitals were closed, and gasoline was extremely limited.
Crews also worked to fix two washed-out, 300-foot (90-meter) sections of US 1, the sole highway that runs through the Keys, and check the safety of the 42 bridges linking the islands.
The lower Keys were particularly hard hit, with first responders Wednesday still searching through wreckage. The building was being evacuated.
Lisa Baker, a professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham who teaches a class on disaster preparedness and co-authored the book "Vulnerable Populations and Disasters", said each new catastrophe brings lessons of how to improve planning and response. "A little stress free environment", said Kalin Weckwerth.