Trump to see Irma damage, recover firsthand in Florida

Trump to see Irma damage, recover firsthand in Florida

Trump to see Irma damage, recover firsthand in Florida

More residents who had fled the Florida Keys ahead of Hurricane Irma were allowed to return to their homes on Saturday, as authorities prepared to reopen Key West at the end of the devastated archipelago on Sunday.

But state records revealed a variety of problems at the center. Eight people died and 145 patients had to be moved out of the stifling-hot facility, many of them on stretchers or in wheelchairs.

The police, hospital staffs, and workers then started evacuating around 100 residents present inside the Rehabilitation Centre at Hollywood Hills.

The Rehabilitation Center never lost power - but a transformer that drove its air conditioning unit was knocked out, the facility's administrator said Wednesday.

Near the point of despair, remembering to take her medicine or locating her cane are nearly insurmountable challenges. He added: "As of Tuesday, [the facility] was reporting that everything was OK, that it was using portable air conditioners and fans".

A spokesman for the nursing home told CNN that officials had not seen the video, and if they had they would be precluded by law from commenting on it. After additional crews arrived, three patients were found dead on the second floor of the nursing home, and several other patients were found to be in "varying degrees of medical distress", authorities said.

Of the 141 patients who were evacuated, 70 were discharged from the hospital as of Thursday, city officials said. One resident died at the facility Tuesday but, because the patient had a do-not-resuscitate order, was sent to a funeral home before police asked for the body, according to police.

"That's another question for the state agencies that regulate these nursing homes".

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He called the impacts a "real disaster" and said there's "much work do" but that Florida "will be rebuilt and will come back even better than before". Also, information released by the state said 44 nursing homes were evacuated or closed. "While our center did not lose power during the storm, it did lose one transformer that powers the air conditioning unit".

"Every call made to the governor from facility management was referred to the Agency for Health Care Administration and the Florida Department of Health - and quickly returned", John Tupps, Scott's communications director, said Friday.

Florida Power & Light, owned by NextEra Energy Inc and the state's biggest electric company, said it was working aggressively to restore power to the 23 percent of its customers still in the dark. "She opened her mom's windows, and she said, 'Mom, it's going to be OK'".

This requires all assisted living facilities and nursing homes to obtain ample resources, including generators and the appropriate amount of fuel to maintain comfortable temperatures for at least 96-hours following a power outage. In both instances, the nursing home corrected these deficiencies. Florida has about 680 nursing homes providing shelter to around 73, 000 residents and out of them, around 150 facilities are now devoid of full power supply.

The Florida Health Care Association depicted those unfortunate deaths as a "profound tragedy within the larger tragedy of Hurricane Irma".

On Thursday, detectives were at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills after receiving a search warrant to investigate the eight patients' deaths, which police believed were heat-related.

"The initial investigation has determined that the facility's air conditioning system was not fully functional", the city of Hollywood, Florida, said in a statement.

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