During Irma visit, Trump lauds Fla. governor

Parts of Daytona Beach remained flooded days after Irma made landfall

Eight patients at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills died Wednesday after a power failure caused by Hurricane Irma took out the facility's air conditioning. "Although the details of these reported deaths are still under investigation, this situation is unfathomable".

The home said in a statement that the hurricane had knocked out a transformer that powered the AC.

The roll call of victims and their ages are heartbreaking: They were parents, grandparents.

He said investigators "have not ruled anything", including carbon monoxide from generators. "People have died", said Horton.

"We are managing 115 patients throughout the Memorial hospitals", Memorial Healthcare System spokesperson Kerting Baldwin said Wednesday.

And on Thursday in Florida, before his comments aboard Air Force One about climate change, Trump said the people of Florida experienced something "the likes of which we can say really say nobody's ever seen before". One resident already was dead when police got a call about someone having a heart attack. "We worked with them".

Three people died at the facility, while the remaining two died at a nearby hospital, Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said at a news conference.

Trump didn't mention the dead senior citizens and in fact marveled that the USA death toll from Irma was "such a small number" as he arrived in Florida to assess the damage.

Richard Beltran, a spokesman for Florida Power & Light, said in a statement: "What we know now is that a portion of the facility did, in fact, have power, that there was a hospital across the parking lot from this facility and that the nursing home was required to have a permanently installed operational generator". The death toll across the Caribbean stood at 38. A Tampa man died after the chain saw he was using to remove trees kicked back and cut his carotid artery. City and state officials said they were in contact with the nursing home over the past three days and advised them to call 911 if they believed that the health or safety of patients was at risk. County officials released documents showing that the Hollywood facility was in compliance with that regulation and that it held a hurricane drill with its staff in October.


FPL has said earlier this week that the company prioritises restoring power to critical facilities such as hospitals, police and fire stations, communications centers, water treatment plants, transportation and shelter.

It's unclear whether the facility was without any power or just without air conditioning.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which regulates nursing homes, gives the Hollywood centre a below-average rating, two stars on its five-star scale. At a checkpoint on Lower Matecumbe Key, sheriff's deputies turned away people trying to get to their homes in the lower Keys. But the most recent state inspection reports showed no deficiencies in the area of emergency plans.

Dr. Randy Katz, the medical director of Memorial's emergency department, said at least a dozen patients remain in the emergency room.

In Lee County, which includes Cape Coral and Fort Myers, the Florida Emergency Management Agency said 66 percent of the area's 290,000 electrical customers were still without power Wednesday. The first occurred Tuesday at the facility; that individual had a "do not resuscitate" order and the deceased was transferred to a funeral home, but authorities have now retrieved the body.

With millions of people in Florida still lacking power, officials are urging those who need a break from the heat to visit cooling centers and drink water. Utility officials warned it could take 10 days or more for power to be fully restored.

"There were a number of very sick people".

After initial stumbles in earlier disaster-zone visits and criticism over a perceived lack of empathy for those affected, Trump appeared more comfortable Thursday in the role of consoler-in-chief, tasked with the ceremonial duty of rallying flagging spirits in the hurricane zone.

And at the huge, 15,000-resident Century Village retirement community in Pembroke Pines, more than half the residential buildings had no power Wednesday afternoon.

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