EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said last week it was "insensitive" to address global warming at this time. First responders ordered the nursing home evacuated.
Officials say they were called to the nursing home early Wednesday morning shortly after 4 a.m. for someone having a heart attack.
There are now no patients at the center.
"People are just absolutely shocked that someone in the staff would not know enough that a frail, elderly person is dying of heat exhaustion and would at least know to dial 911. this is what is inexcusable", Nelson said. That's why there is a criminal investigation underway.
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The five women and three men ranged in age from 70 to 99. The widow evacuated her Naples condominium with the help of police the day before the hurricane. "They did not request anything beyond help with FPL", referring to Florida Power & Light. He said that allowed the carbon monoxide to seep inside.
"We are there for you 100 percent", Trump said before donning gloves and helping to hand out sandwiches to local residents from a lunch line under a canopy. Federal court records show the U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami filed civil charges in 2004 against Dr. Jack Michel, several other individuals, and several businesses, including Larkin Health Systems.
WSVN-TV reported that the evacuations and deaths occurred at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills due to intense heat and no power.
Three others died in hospital.
Fifty-seven residents were moved from a suburban Fort Lauderdale assisted-living facility without power to two nearby homes where power had been restored.
The case was settled in 2006 for $15.4 million. They don't sweat as much, they are more likely to have medical conditions that change how the body responds to heat, and they are more likely to take medication that affects body temperature.
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When asked why the patients hadn't been taken across the street to Memorial Regional hospital when temperatures became unsafe, Hollywood city spokeswoman Rayelin Storey said, "We can't get inside the heads of the staff and the administrators of this facility". "The building has been sealed off and we are conducting a criminal investigation inside", Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez told reporters on Wednesday.
"At no time did the facility report that conditions had become risky or that the health and safety of their patients was at risk", said Mara K. Gambineri, a health department spokeswoman.
Meanwhile, detectives were combing through the Hollywood facility where eight elderly residents died amid sweltering heat.
"When you think of the incredible power of that storm, and while people unfortunately passed, it was such a small number", Mr Trump said.
The overall death toll from Irma climbed to 81 on Wednesday, with several hard-hit Caribbean islands accounting for more than half the fatalities, and officials continued to assess damage inflicted by the second major hurricane to strike the USA mainland this year.
Police evacuated 115 residents on Wednesday from the facility, whose air conditioning was cut by the storm.
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"My concern is less on what happened in Broward and more the decision making that created that environment, and why we're still not out of the woods in the larger issues of housing and aging, and why the state is in an absolute crisis", he added.