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Eight nursing home residents have died after the building in Florida lost power due to Hurricane Irma.

Police have opened a criminal investigation into the deaths, which come four days after the coastal US state was battered by category three winds of up to 130mph.

Three elderly residents at the Hollywood Hills Rehabilitation Centre were found dead at the home, while a further five died later in hospital or while they were on the way to be treated.

The victims ranged in age from 71 to 99. Authorities believe their deaths were heat-related after air conditioning at the home cut out.

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FPL, the company that partly supplies power to the home, said it met with police chiefs long before the storm season to discuss locations that would be prioritised for power restoration.

The Hollywood centre was “not one of them” but a hospital across the road was, a spokesman said.

The nursing home’s other residents have been evacuated and the building has been sealed off.

Key Largo in the Florida Keys

Image: Half of all Floridians are still without power

Numerous death tolls from Irma’s fallout vary, but officials say dozens in the US and Caribbean have been killed by the storm.

Victims include two women in Havana who died when a balcony fell on their bus and a two-year-old in Barbuda who was swept away from his mother when their roof blew off.

Several people have died of carbon monoxide poisoning from electric generators.

  1. A stranded boat that was blown from the dock into a marsh after Hurricane Irma passed through in St Marys, Georgia

    A stranded boat that was blown from the dock into a marsh after Hurricane Irma passed through St Marys, Georgia

  2. An uprooted tree that slashed a trailer in half in Kissimmee, Florida

    An uprooted tree that slashed a trailer in half in Kissimmee, Florida

  3. Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands

    Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands

  4. Saint Martin

    Saint Martin in the Caribbean

  5. Havana, Cuba

    Havana, Cuba

  6. A collapsed coastal house in Vilano Beach, Florida

    A collapsed coastal house in Vilano Beach, Florida

  7. Turks and Caicos

    The Turks and Caicos Islands

  8. A French gendarme looks on during the visit of France's President Emmanuel Macron to the French Caribbean island of Saint Martin

    A French gendarme looks on during the visit of France’s President Emmanuel Macron to the French Caribbean island of Saint Martin

  9. Dutch Army soldiers unload bottles of drinking water at the Sint Maarten International Airport on Saint Martin Island

    Dutch Army soldiers unload bottles of drinking water at the Princess Juliana International Airport on Saint Martin

  10. Middleburg, Florida

    Middleburg, Florida

  11. Senior Chief Naval Air Crewman Xipetotec Thorngate searches, during a reconnaissance mission over Key West, Florida

    Senior Chief Naval Air Crewman Xipetotec Thorngate looks out during a reconnaissance mission over Key West, Florida

  12. British Army Commandos take part in recovery efforts in Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands

    British Army Commandos take part in recovery efforts in Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands

  13. St Marys, Georgia

    St Marys, Georgia

  14. Local residents try to enter areas of the Florida Keys

    Local residents try to enter areas of the Florida Keys

  15. An aerial view of the houses destroyed by Irma during the visit of France's President Emmanuel Macron to the French Caribbean island of St. Martin

    The devastation in Saint Martin

  16. Watson Island Miami, Florida

    Watson Island in Miami, Florida

  17. Vilano Beach, Florida

    Vilano Beach, Florida

  18. Islamorada, Florida

    Islamorada, Florida

  19. Tourists walk past furniture let to dry on the street after Hurricane Irma caused flooding and a blackout, in Havana, Cuba

    Tourists walk past furniture left out to dry on the street after Hurricane Irma caused flooding and a blackout in Havana, Cuba

  20. A boat is seen after being blown from the dock into the marsh after Hurricane Irma passed through in St Marys, Georgia

    A boat is seen after being blown from the dock into the marsh after Hurricane Irma passed through St Marys, Georgia

  21. A woman sunbathes amongst debris on the beach after Hurricane Irma passed the area in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

    A woman sunbathes among the debris on the beach after Hurricane Irma passed the area in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

  22. Boris Johnson speaks to an RAF crew on his visit to the Caribbean

    Boris Johnson speaks to an RAF crew on his visit to the Caribbean

  23. Key Largo in the Florida Keys

    Key Largo in the Florida Keys

  24. Isamorada, a village encompassing six of the Florida Keys

    Isamorada, a village encompassing six of the Florida Keys

  25. Pastor Louicesse Dorsaint stands with his wife Maria in front of their church, Haitian United Evangelical Mission in Immokalee, Florida

    Pastor Louicesse Dorsaint stands with his wife Maria in front of their church, Haitian United Evangelical Mission, in Immokalee, Florida

  26. Flood waters from the Black Creek inundate a neighborhood in Middleburg, Florida

    Flood waters from the Black Creek inundate a neighborhood in Middleburg, Florida

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US President Donald Trump has been travelling across the south of the country to see the damage various storms have wreaked on Texas and Louisiana.

On Thursday he will visit Naples, Florida. Half of all residents are still without power in the state and about 110,000 people remain in shelters.

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