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5 dead at Florida nursing home after Irma knocks out power

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Five people are dead at a Florida nursing home that was evacuated early Wednesday after several days without power. 

Officials said 115 patients were evacuated from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills early Wednesday. Rescue crews arrived at facility shortly after 7:30 a.m. The patients are being transported to nearby hospitals.

Three people were found dead at the nursing home and two others died after arriving at the hospital, Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said during a press conference Wednesday morning.

"We're conducting a criminal investigation into the deaths that occurred here," Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez said. 

Aerial footage showed patients sitting outside in wheelchairs and others being taken out of the facility on stretchers.

Family members of the patients can call (954) 265-1074 to check on the status of their loved ones. 

At least 25 people died when Irma pounded the Southeast earlier this week, including 12 people in Florida. 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. 

Power outages continue to plague the state, with 4.4 million customers still without power as of Wednesday morning, according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management. More than 21,000 people remain in shelters across the state.  

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