White House: Trump to visit Florida on Thursday

White House: Trump to visit Florida on Thursday

White House: Trump to visit Florida on Thursday

The deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were believed to be heat-related. The Center immediately contacted Florida Power & Light and continued to follow up with them for status updates on when repairs would be made.

"This situation is unfathomable", he said.

The air conditioning was out, but Sanchez said it remained under investigation whether power was entirely cut.

The eight victims ranged in age from 70 to 99. That left residents to swelter with no air conditioning, and now multiple investigations are under way, although other possible causes of death are being considered, including carbon monoxide poisoning.

The rehabilitation center is across the street from Memorial Regional Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in the state.

"We make this request in recognition of the numerous and various parties that will be included in such an investigation", the letter said, referring to the nursing home itself, as well some local government agencies that had oversight roles, such as Hollywood's police and fire departments.

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"It's a sad state of affairs", Sanchez said.

"It is clear that this facility can not be responsible for Florida's vulnerable patients, and therefore the State will stop them from providing care", Scott said in a news release.

Six people at a Florida nursing home have died after residents were stuck in sweltering conditions following Hurricane Irma.

Those who died Wednesday in South Florida were part of a death toll that, while relatively low compared with other massive storms, has slowly climbed in recent days. They found three people dead and evacuated 145 people to hospitals, many on stretchers or in wheelchairs, authorities said. By the afternoon, five more had died.

Nursing homes in Florida are required by state and federal law to file an emergency plan that includes evacuation plans for residents. "The investigators must have full access to all public records and transcripts of communications, meetings, and conference calls between the Governor, his Office, and healthcare facilities in preparing for Hurricane Irma".

The president and first lady Melania Trump - both sporting white baseball hats - were greeted on the tarmac by Vice President Mike Pence, who landed a bit before the Trumps; Florida Gov. Rick Scott and his wife; Florida Sen.

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But kitchen worker Jean Lindor told the Miami Herald there was no air conditioning and the center had a generator that provided enough power to cook meals.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which regulates nursing homes, gives the Hollywood center a below-average rating, two stars on its five-star scale. They're not going to leave now.

Millions of people are still without power in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. "To use time and effort to address it at this point is very, very insensitive to this people in Florida". Utility officials warned it could take a week or more for all areas to be back up and running.

Older people can be more susceptible to heat because their bodies do not adjust to temperatures as well as young people.

Elsewhere around the state, a Coral Gables apartment building was evacuated after authorities determined a lack of power made it unsafe for elderly tenants.

And at the 15,000-resident Century Village retirement community in Pembroke Pines, where there were also widespread outages, rescue workers went door to door to check on residents and bring ice, water and meals. If there was criminal negligence, people should go to jail.

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