Florida nursing home deaths : Police launch criminal probe after Irma

US President Donald Trump talks to the media about Hurricane Irma next to First lady Melania Trump on the South Lawn of the White House upon their return to Washington US from Camp David

Calls to the owner and other officials at the home were not immediately returned.

Speaking to first responders in Florida, Trump thanked them for the their work after Irma. They were giving them juices and water, everything.

Richard Tabacco stayed with his family on the island through the storm. All 115 residents were later evacuated from the facility.

"There's nothing here", he told CNN's Chris Cuomo, who accompanied an urban search-and-rescue team, on Wednesday.

The Appalachian Power employees who left Tuesday are prepared to be away from home for up to two weeks. At a checkpoint on Lower Matecumbe Key, sheriff's deputies turned away people trying to get to their homes in the lower Keys.

Deputies told CNN's Brian Todd there was no timetable for permitting access.

"The devastation left by Hurricane Irma was far greater, at least in certain locations, than anyone thought - but wonderful people working hard!" the president said in a Tweet on Tuesday. Many wanted to survey the damage and some wanted to prevent looting.

In a release, the office of the Broward Medical Examiner and Trauma Services confirmed the eight death at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in east coastal city of Hollywood.

A Hollywood, Florida, nursing home didn't lose full power but Irma did knock out its air conditioning; temperatures climbed up to 106 degrees at the facility, leading to the deaths of eight patients.

"The governor will continue to review all ways to ensure tragedies like this never happen again", Lauren Schenone, a spokeswoman for Florida Governor Rick Scott, said in a statement. Another 18 are being evacuated from Larkin's behavioral health services facility Wednesday.

Friday afternoon, the state's Agency for Health Care Administration said conditions at the facility present a threat to the safety of residents and it suspended the nursing home indefinitely from taking patients paid for by Florida Medicaid.

To recover restoration costs, FPL files with state regulators and, if approved, adds a storm surcharge on the monthly bills of its almost 5 million customers. Several counties in hard-hit areas after Irma have senior populations of 33% or higher.

FPL, one of the largest utilities in the country, said they hope to have the lights back on along the east coast by Sunday.

It took only a few seconds to learn their home had suffered catastrophic damage. Not much else is worth keeping.

The number of people without electricity in the steamy late-summer heat was down to 6.8 million.

Categorized as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record when it rampaged through the Caribbean, Irma has killed at least 70 people, officials said.

He said most of the patients admitted to hospital have been treated for respiratory distress, dehydration and heat-related problems.

President Donald Trump is set to make his first visit to the region Thursday to see the devastation. They called the power company.

Hollywood police later tweeted that they had evacuated 158 patients to local hospitals.

JOHN YANG: Across Florida, utility crews have been working around the clock to restore power, and there have been other reports of elderly tenants trapped in their homes.

U.S. Southeast utilities said on Friday they restored power to over 75 percent of the 7.8 million homes and businesses knocked out by Hurricane Irma, leaving almost 1.9 million of those customers still without electricity.

"This situation is unfathomable", he said.

- SC had four deaths.

Kitchen worker Jean Lindor told the Miami Herald a generator allowed staff to cook but did not provide the facility with air conditioning.

- Georgia had three deaths.

But David Sheidy, a 58-year-old painter, predicted Key West would bounce back quickly.

A category 3 hurricane was reported to be moving slowly through the Caribbean on Monday with the potential to threaten the southeastern United States later in the week.

Irma followed Texas' Hurricane Harvey, which created widespread outages.

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