More Florida Keys residents return home to survey Irma's destruction

White House: Trump to visit Florida on Thursday

Five dead at Florida nursing home that lost power during Hurricane Irma

Gov. Rick Scott called on Florida emergency workers to immediately check on all nursing homes to make sure patients are safe, and he vowed to punish anyone found culpable in the deaths.

"This situation is unfathomable", he said. Some of the patients admitted to nearby Memorial Regional Hospital had temperatures of up to 106 degrees, hospital officials said Thursday.

The nursing home told the Broward County Emergency Operations Center that it had lost power, according to a statement by the center.

An estimated 150 facilities out of the almost 700 in the state are now without full power services, the association said.

"In Tallahassee, we learned after Hurricane Hermine that communication is vital between first responders, government, and our most vulnerable populations", Gillum added.

At 4 a.m., firefighters were sent back to the facility to transport a patient reportedly experiencing breathing problems, police said.

"It is clear that this facility can not be responsible for Florida's vulnerable patients, and therefore the State will stop them from providing care", Scott said in a news release.

Florida authorities were conducting a criminal investigation meanwhile into the eight deaths at the Hollywood nursing home, which had been without air conditioning since Irma struck.

White House: Trump to visit Florida on Thursday

At least 10 people were killed when Irma hit Cuba as a category five hurricane, the island nation's worst hurricane death toll since 16 died in Hurricane Dennis in 2005. But two new cases of carbon monoxide poisoning from temporary generators made clear that dangers remained almost a week after the powerful storm hit. A Tampa man died after the chain saw he was using to remove trees recoiled and cut his carotid artery.

The nursing home was asked if it had any medical needs or emergencies, Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said in the center's statement.

Investigators say one of the eight died Tuesday without any staff member calling 911. Earlier in his one-day visit to Florida, Trump also lauded state and federal officials for their preparation and response to the hurricane. Three elderly residents were found dead on Wednesday inside the sweltering facility, which had been operating with little or no air conditioning, officials said. Larkin bought what was then called Hollywood Hills Nursing Home and Hollywood Pavilion Hospital in a 2015 bankruptcy auction after fallout from Medicare fraud convictions sunk both facilities. In the hard-hit southwestern part of the state, Lee County schools Superintendent Greg Adkins announced classes will begin September 25 after most of the district's buildings received minor damage or worse. They are also more likely to take medication that affects body temperature.

The storm left around 40 people dead in the Caribbean before churning east and pounding Florida. The hospital is literally right across the street from the nursing home.

The number of people without electricity in the steamy late-summer heat was down to 6.8 million. Utility officials warned it could take a week or more for all areas to be back up and running. About 110,000 people remained in shelters across the state.

More than half of a large retirement community in Pembroke Pines, Florida, still had no electricity by Wednesday morning, leaving elderly residents stuck in rooms with no access to lifts. Rescue crews began going door to door in 34 Cto check on people, and a water, ice and meal distribution plan was put into effect.

Wolf said the generator was never delivered to his home, however. "That's why we are camped out there and doing whatever we can to assist them in this process".

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