Trump injects Florida tour with dose of politics

Lester Mason
September 17, 2017

People on the west coast, where Hurricane Irma made landfall September 10, will likely have power restored by Friday, according to Florida Power & Light Co.

The man listed in state corporate records as the manager of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills - where six deaths have been reported after an air-conditioning outage caused by Hurricane Irma - is no stranger to controversy.

"The building has been sealed off and we are conducting a criminal investigation inside", Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez told reporters Wednesday.

The facility is not the only Florida nursing home that has been left without power by Irma. "Although the details of these reported deaths are still under investigation, this situation is unfathomable".

Officials confirmed eight people have died, but it remains unknown whether the deaths are related to the heat. Causes of death have not been released for that person or any of the others who died at the facility.

As patients suffered at the Rehabilitation Center, help wasn't far away: The facility is located across the street from a medical complex that includes the Memorial Regional Hospital - where the center's patients were taken after the scope of the problem became evident.

How hot did it get inside the nursing home?

The lowest average temperature in Hollywood this week has been around 79F.

Her father, 89-year-old Gabriel Giraldo, has dementia and was found the next morning with a 102-degree fever, dehydrated and unconscious.


Amber Mickles, who was looking for her great-grandmother, aged 94, told the New York Post: "Imagine the heat, I am 29 and I can't take it and for them to have to sit through is bad".

"All those family members have a right to know what happened", she said. That company owns The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, which had eight patients pronounced dead Wednesday.

Orange County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jeff Williams told The Associated Press a deputy responded to the the home following a 911 call from what sounded like a juvenile. It was the first of three such calls, she said.

Oaxaca is still struggling to recover after it bore the brunt of the damage from an 8.2 magnitude natural disaster that struck Mexico only last Thursday, leaving 96 people dead. Rescue workers found a portable gasoline generator running inside the home.

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.

The Naples Municipal Airport also reported a gust of 142 miles per hour, near reports of 135mph gust and sustained winds of 93mph - the most powerful recorded gusts on the mainland.

Another assisted care facility for dementia patients in Fort Myers, Florida, went without power for three days after Hurricane Irma.

That storm killed 1800 people around New Orleans. "We're going to be with you tomorrow and we're going to be with you until Florida rebuilds bigger and better than ever before", Pence said.

After helping to pass out food, the president took tours of several neighborhoods, where he witnessed firsthand the damage done by the hurricanes. About 110,000 people remained in shelters across the state.

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