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"Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job", Bush said in a remark that quickly became a symbol of the botched federal response to a storm that killed more than 1,800 people.

The matter is now in the hands of the law.

Several other nursing homes were evacuated because of a lack of power or air conditioning, and workers scrambled to keep patients cool with emergency stocks of ice and Popsicles. The number of people remaining in shelters fell to under 13,000.

The state has also made urgent efforts to protect its vulnerable elderly residents after a string of home deaths at a nursing home.

Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief confirmed three people were pronounced dead at the facility.

Authorities fear others taken there might not survive.

The 152-bed Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills provides short-term rehabilitative services and long-term care, according to its website. There was a drill there previous year.

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 National Weather Service's tracking in Hollywood put the temperature at 80 to 82 degrees overnight with a heat index of 85 to 90 after a Tuesday afternoon high temperature of 90 and a peak heat index of 99".

A woman went to check on her parents about 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills and shot a 34-second video of a fan running in their room with a window cracked on the second floor - the hottest level of the facility. The association added that it is working with state officials to identify homes without power so that utility companies could prioritize those in greatest need.

Then there are those who die from carbon monoxide poisoning because they run generators in enclosed garages or inside their homes.

But the temperature continued to rise, reaching unendurable levels.

Jean Johnson described her last visit to a friend, 84-year-old Betty Hibbard, who was later to die in the hospital.

Trump, standing alongside Scott and other Florida officials, said he knows that "at a certain point it ends for you and we can't let it end".

"What a price to pay".

The city first "became [aware] a crisis was unfolding at the facility after multiple calls in the early morning hours" Wednesday, city spokesperson Raelin Storey said Thursday. Three had already died.

He said crews evacuated 115 patients from the center and are in the process of evacuating another 18 patients from a nearby behavioral facility next door.

Scott also ordered an investigation into the deaths.

Memorial Regional Hospital's emergency room is directly across the street.

The home has had its problems. The reason for the auction: The previous owner was in prison for Medicare fraud. "If not maintained, the emergency generator may fail without staff being aware", according to the inspectors' report.

Relatives who have family members in the facility have started to gather outside the two-story gray building that is situated among a cluster of medical facilities and hospitals. The home's staff also seemed to have fallen short in communicating with residents' families. "You go, you check on them, you make sure they have water and food and that's it", he said. "I still can't believe the water that rushed through this island", she told ABC News.

ORLANDO MOJERON, Islamorada Key Resident: I expected some debris, because we knew the direction that the winds were blowing, they were going to carry debris onto our property.

"Their indifference crossed the line and was clearly criminal", he said.


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