The center did not lose power during the storm, but it lost a transformer that powers the air conditioning, nursing home administrator Jorge Carballo said in a statement late Wednesday. No arrests have been made in the criminal probe, according to police in the city just north of Miami.
Residents struggling to put their lives back together have fallen victim to new hazards, including oppressive heat, brush-clearing accidents, house fires and deadly fumes from generators.
There are now no patients at the center.
Earlier, he hailed his own administration's performance as well as that of state and local officials.
Terryn Wilson's mother called 911 before noon Wednesday. All were admitted to the hospital or transferred to another nursing home.
How many staff members stayed at the facility - and did that number include doctors?
Older people can be more susceptible to heat because their bodies do not adjust to temperatures as well as younger people.
The rehab center is located directly across the street from Memorial Regional Hospital, which is one of the largest in the state.
He said crews evacuated 115 patients from the center and are in the process of evacuating another 18 patients from a nearby behavioral facility next door.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency said on Thursday that more than 38,000 federal personnel are now working to respond to Hurricane Irma, including staff from the military and civilian agencies. That person was taken to a funeral home.
A spokesperson for the nursing home did not respond to detailed questions about the events.
"The suspicion is that these deaths should not have occurred", NPR's Jon Hamilton reported from the scene Wednesday.
Several private companies, including Boeing and SpaceX, have operations at Kennedy and reported minimal damage. "The Center also had seven days of food, water, ice and other supplies, including gas for the generator".
"This situation is unfathomable", he said.
"It's a sad state of affairs", the police chief said. CEO Jacob Solomon said the group encouraged people to evacuate before the storm if they could, but now they're focused on helping them in their homes. The Sun-Sentinel reports that Michel "has history of fraud charges". Two others died after reaching hospital. The center has had electricity and air-conditioning problems after Irma. A person by the same name was among several people who were listed as current or former owners of a Miami hospital and who paid a $15.4 million settlement over an alleged scheme in which the hospital "paid kickbacks to physicians in return for patient admissions", according to the Department of Justice.
Before going to Florida to see some of the damage from Hurricane Irma, President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the case for Congress approving tax reform was even stronger now, as a way to generate new economic growth after two major hurricanes struck the United States in recent weeks, causing billions of dollars in losses. He added that the center immediately contacted Florida Power & Light and continued to follow up with them for status updates on when repairs would be made.