During Irma visit to Southwest Florida, President Trump lauds Gov. Rick Scott

Lester Mason
September 17, 2017

City officials in Hollywood, Florida, said the nursing home had continued to operate with little or no air conditioning after power to the building was disrupted by Hurricane Irma, which struck Florida on Sunday.

In Florida, some 2.69 million homes and businesses were still without power on Thursday, or about 1 in 4 Florida customers.

"I am outraged over the deaths of eight Floridians at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Broward County and I am demanding answers as we furiously investigate this awful loss of life", Scott said in a statement on Saturday. Yesterday afternoon, the facility reported to the AHCA that they had power and access to fans and spot coolers provided by Memorial Healthcare. "We're conducting a criminal investigation, not ruling anything out at this time".

Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record, has so far killed at least 80 people as it swept through the Caribbean and south Florida.

"The people who were working there worked hard to make a good outcome for our patients", she said in a brief interview before hanging up on a reporter.

"We took part in emergency management preparedness calls with local and state emergency officials, other nursing homes and health regulators", he said.

Temperatures in Hollywood were expected to be around 86 degrees on Wednesday - but feel about 10 degrees warmer.

The spokesman for the facility, Ron Bartlett, said that after the air conditioning stopped, workers continually gave residents water and ice.

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

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".


Gov. Roy Cooper's office said the man was found dead Tuesday in his Henderson County home.

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"At 5:34 p.m. (the Rehabilitation Center) called the governor and wasn't able to get a response", Defede said.

Over the next few hours of Wednesday morning, the dire situation at the Rehabilitation Center for fragile, elderly people would come into clearer view.

And I kept calling Florida Power & Light. North Carolina reported its first Irma-related death on Friday after a man died from carbon monoxide poisoning, and two more people died in Florida from the risky fumes, including a woman in Palm Beach County.

Another 18 patients in an adjacent behavioral health facility are also being evacuated, Story said.

Elsewhere, a South Florida townhouse that weathered the storm was gutted by fire when power was restored, which caused the stove to ignite items left on the cooktop.

Florida's post-Irma recovery picked up momentum Friday as power outages dropped and schools made plans to reopen.

"We are there for you 100 percent", Trump said before donning gloves and helping to hand out sandwiches to local residents from a lunch line under a canopy. "We're going to get this state rebuilt".

The eight people are believed to have died from heat-related injuries. Utility officials warned it could take a week or more for all areas to be back up and running. He toured a Houston shelter housing hundreds of displaced people and walking streets lined with soggy, discarded possessions.

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