As Florida struggled to return to normal after the powerful storm struck this week, Governor Rick Scott ordered all nursing homes in the state to obtain emergency generators.
Stepped-up safety checks were conducted around the state after the eight deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, which shocked Florida's top leaders as they surveyed destruction from the punishing storm.
Rob Gould, a spokesman for Florida Power & Light Co., said parts of the Hollywood nursing-home facility had power from the utility, but declined to comment further on the specific situation.
Temperatures ranged from the 80s to 90s on Tuesday and Wednesday.
A caseworker named Ed, who declined to give his last name, came to the facility Wednesday morning to check on his 80-year-old dementia patient. However, when she showed up to work, paramedics were barring the doors and telling her she could not enter. "I wanna know what's going on with my sister", said a woman.
One person was found dead and three others were taken to the hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning in Daytona Beach, caused by fumes from a gas generator.
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Firefighters discovered two people dead inside the house, FOX35 Orlando reported.
The nearby Larkin Community Hospital was also evacuated. There are more than 22,000 employees and contractors working to restore power throughout the state.
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 US mainland this year. At least 37 people were killed in the Caribbean. The only major difference, for instance, between his comments Wednesday evening to reporters and his statements before his 2014 reelection is that he no longer says, "I'm not a scientist".
Another woman added, "I think it's frightful".
More than 10,000 remain in over 100 shelters across the state.