Visiting Florida, Trump Praises 'Incredible' First Responders, State Officials

Florida Keys, airports partially re-open after Irma rips through state

Florida Keys, airports partially re-open after Irma rips through state

A new cellphone video has surfaced showing conditions inside the Hollywood Hills nursing home where residents - including one in the nude - were kept in sweltering heat before eight of them died after Hurricane Irma struck Florida.

The AP also reports that four people in SC and two in Georgia have died. The deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were believed to be heat-related. No details have been released about the causes of death. A deacon from her Roman Catholic church has also stopped by.

The electricity is out in her condo, so there's no television for news.

Near the point of despair, remembering to take her medicine or locating her cane are nearly insurmountable challenges.

"I think someone, more than someone, is going to go to jail over this", said Flores, speaking after a Legislative Budget Commission meeting.

On Thursday, 57 residents were moved from a suburban Fort Lauderdale assisted-living facility without power to two nearby centers where electricity was just restored.

Almost half of Florida was engulfed by Irma, which left flooded streets, damaged homes and displaced residents in its wake. The death toll across the Caribbean stood at 38.

Some residents were evacuated from the facility early Sunday morning and some reportedly awoke sick at the center, which had been without air conditioning for a few days.

Florida Keys, airports partially re-open after Irma rips through state
Eight dead at Florida nursing home left without electricity after Irma

Donald Trump has visited communities torn up by Hurricane Irma in Florida - handing out food to families whose homes were destroyed by the storm.

Police were first called to the facility at about 4:30 a.m. but authorities did not arrive until after 6 a.m., officials said. Others were treated for dehydration, breathing difficulties and other heat-related problems.

Elder care in disaster poses challenges even in the best circumstances, said Kathryn Hyer, a professor in the School of Aging Studies at the University of South Florida in Tampa, whose research shows that evacuations can be deadly for the medically frail who are dependant on equipment and medications.

Aides say that in engaging himself directly with the federal efforts, Trump hopes to avoid accusations lobbed against his two most recent predecessors of appearing disengaged or aloof during certain moments of crisis. Otherwise, I wouldn't have put her there. "I told him yesterday that's a concept I can support very easily".

"We love the people of Florida and they went through something that, I guess, the likes of which we could really say nobody's ever seen before", he said. The ages of the victims ranged from 71 to 99. Then, police responded to a 911 call and found three people dead and others in struggling health.

News of the deaths sparked outcry around the world thanks to social media - and a swift response from authorities, including Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) and the state's Agency for Health Care Administration.

Police evacuated 79 residents of another nursing home in North Miami Beach on Wednesday, citing safety concerns about lack of air conditioning. The storm also cut off power, water and sewage to the islands, home to some 70,000 people.

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