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Trump thanks rescue teams in Florida for work during Hurricane Irma

17 September 2017, 06:19 | Devin Moran

Trump thanks rescue teams in Florida for work during Hurricane Irma

Trump thanks rescue teams in Florida for work during Hurricane Irma

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, more than 40% of Florida was without electricity as of Wednesday (September 14), The Washington Post reports.

The deaths are now under a criminal investigation with the police refusing to rule anything out.

In South Carolina, where Irma brought rain, wind and flooding, utilities reported more than 63,000 customers were without service on Wednesday morning.

Police said they have sealed off the building and opened a criminal probe after the remaining nursing home patients were transferred to neighboring hospitals.

Outages had fatal consequences at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hill, a nursing home in Hollywood, Fla., north of Miami.

Hurricane Irma's devastation continues to affect Floridians, now leaving eight people dead at a nursing home.

Irma, which decimated the Caribbean as a top-tier Category 5 hurricane before losing strength after repeated landfalls in the continental USA, was downgraded to a tropical storm Monday.




The Hollywood Police and Hollywood Fire Rescue received a call around 4 a.m.at the facility, and found "several patients in varying degrees of medical distress", city officials said. These are special, special people and we love 'em.

"There's nothing we can do", Long said. County officials released documents showing that the Hollywood facility was in compliance with that regulation and that it held a hurricane drill with its staff in October. Five more patients from the nursing home later died at a nearby hospital, they said. Memorial Regional is located across the street from the nursing home.

The Florida Department of Health said that "at no time" did the nursing home "report that conditions had become risky or that the health and safety of their patients was at risk".

Police launched a full investigation into the incident, with initial findings discovering the nursing home was without sufficient air conditioning and was using portable A/C units to keep the facility cool.

The Florida Health Care Association called Wednesday's deaths a "profound tragedy within the larger tragedy of Hurricane Irma".

"We're with you today, we're with you tomorrow, and we're going to be with you until Florida rebuilds bigger and better than ever before", Pence said. The association added that it is working with state officials to identify homes without power so that utility companies could prioritize those in greatest need.

At least a quarter of the homes in the Keys were destroyed, according to federal emergency management officials, and 65 per cent suffered some damage.



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