Manager of nursing home where 6 died has been charged before

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The Florida Keys were particularly hard hit, with federal officials saying that 25 per cent of homes were destroyed and 65 per cent suffered major damage when Irma barrelled ashore on Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of up to 215 km/h.

"You see people immediately getting back to work to fix up their homes".

Hollywood Police Chief Tom Sanchez said a criminal investigation has been opened up into the deaths of the residents, but did not offer any further details.

The facility is not the only Florida nursing home that has been left without power by Irma.

The storm's death toll grew to at least 33 people in Florida after a woman died of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator in Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach Post newspaper reported.

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Almost a week after Hurricane Irma the deadly storm's devastating impact is still being felt across Florida.

In total, 115 people have since been evacuated from the home.

Some residents of the Keys were met with scenes of devastation on Tuesday after police lifted roadblocks and began allowing people to return to the string of islands off Florida's southern coast.

There, Mr Trump met residents and handed out food and water.

As David Halstead, the former director of Florida's Division of Emergency Management, wrote in an editorial on CNN's website before Irma hit, powerful storms leave danger in their wake.

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But as thousands of people remain in shelters and millions more are without power, the danger of Hurricane Irma, is not over.

The Sun-Sentinel newspaper, citing the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office, said the eight people who died were between the ages of 71 and 99 years old.

Scott on Saturday ordered emergency rules requiring all assisted living facilities and nursing homes to obtain a generator within 60 days. "If you have a generator, please make sure you operate it safely".

A statement from the nursing home, the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, confirmed that it had a "prolonged power failure to the transformer which powered the facility's air conditioning system as a result of the hurricane".

Even in the face of a storm that shrouded almost the entire state and had officials still piecing together its destruction, the news Wednesday from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills stood out, with victims as old as 99 among the dead and worries the count could grow. However, the nursing home itself does have power. Several other residents are reported to be in critical condition.

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