Trump too see Irma damage, recover firsthand in Florida

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The Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills was incorporated in June 2015 and the hospital announced previous year that it had purchased Palm Springs General Hospital in Hialeah for $40 million.

"The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills expresses its deepest sympathy to the family members of the residents who passed away following a prolonged outage of our air conditioning system due to Hurricane Irma", the nursing home said this week.

The overall death toll from the storm climbed to 81 on Wednesday, with several hard-hit Caribbean islands accounting for more than half the fatalities, and officials continued to assess damage inflicted by the second major hurricane to strike the US mainland this year.

Almost a week after Hurricane Irma walloped Florida, the recovery mission picked up momentum as more people had electricity and schools made plans to reopen. Within hours of the tragedy, Gov. Rick Scott and U.S. Sen.

- 94 degrees (34 Celsius) is what the heat and humidity feel like in South Florida.

The recording shows the facility had power but workers were using an industrial-size drum fan sitting in front of two closed doors to move air through a hallway.

"I've been there sometimes when it didn't", she said.

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

"I don't know what he's going to do".

"I don't think it's just going to be the cost of getting prepared", Martinez says. Utility officials warned it could take a week or more.

As recovery continues, President Donald Trump was due to visit Naples in southwestern Florida on Thursday. The death toll across the Caribbean stood at 38.

The Rehabilitation Center said the hurricane knocked out a transformer that powered the air conditioning.

"The scene on site when I got there was chaotic", said Randy Katz, Memorial's emergency services director.

Three patients were found dead at the nursing home early Wednesday, and three more died at the hospital after a total of more than 100 were evacuated, many on stretchers or in wheelchairs, authorities said. By that afternoon, five more had died.

Medical staff from a nearby hospital said that residents were suffering from dehydration and breathing difficulties.

"The building has been sealed off and we are conducting a criminal investigation inside", Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez told reporters on Wednesday. North Carolina reported its first Irma death on Friday, saying a man there also had died of carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator.

Firefighters evacuated 158 people from the nursing home. She said Bobby Owens had been at the facility for more than 10 years.

Broward County Medical Examiner Dr. Craig Mallak said his office had received the bodies of three of the victims - two women age 71 and another who was 78 - for autopsies.

The governor announced in a news release Wednesday night that he's directed the Agency for Health Care Administration to issue an emergency moratorium for the facility, preventing it from admitting new patients indefinitely.

Harrison on the Florida Health Innovation subcommittee which oversees legislation governing Florida nursing homes. 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.

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