One dead in Hollywood nursing home without power, police say

A lake is hit by Hurricane Irma in Pembroke Pines Florida

A lake is hit by Hurricane Irma in Pembroke Pines Florida

Hollywood police spokeswoman Miranda Grossman only confirmed that one person has died, but Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said during a morning news conference that two people died at the facility and three more died at nearby Memorial Regional Hospital.

"To my knowledge and to my understanding, what I have right now, there's a total of five deaths from the same facility", Sharief said.

While the causes of their deaths were not immediately clear, the entire facility was evacuated due to the cooling issues. Police officials said other patients were in critical care.

Police said the building was sealed off and a criminal investigation is underway. Multiple stretchers are also on site.

A phone number has been set up for family members to check on their loved ones: 954-265-1074.

Paramedics and fire-rescue crews were called to the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills shortly after 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Millions of people across Florida have lost power since Irma began lashing the state, and utilities have warned that some of the outages could extend for days or even weeks.

"There's nothing we can do", employee Dave Long told WPLG-TV.

Tuesday's low temperature in Hollywood, according to the National Weather Service, was 79 degrees.

Check back with NBC 6 for updates.

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