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Trump, Melania leave for Florida to inspect effect of Hurricane Irma

Trump, Melania leave for Florida to inspect effect of Hurricane Irma

A new cellphone video has surfaced showing conditions inside the Hollywood Hills nursing home where residents - including one in the nude - were kept in sweltering heat before eight of them died after Hurricane Irma struck Florida.

Three people were dead when authorities arrived at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, Tomas Sanchez, police chief in Hollywood, Fla., told reporters Wednesday.

Across Florida, 4.4 million homes and businesses still have no power.

Another 115 residents were evacuated from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills.

Detailing the problems identified this week by the Agency for Health Care Administration, member station WLRN reports, "In its complaint, the healthcare agency said that on September 10 the rehab center 'became aware that its air conditioning equipment had ceased to operate effectively.'". Kirsch noted that hundreds of elderly people died in the 1995 Chicago heat wave and when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005.

"Dr. Jack Michel in 2006 settled claims after he and five others were accused of agreeing to send patients to his Miami hospital, Larkin Community, for unnecessary treatment, according to the Department of Justice".

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said officials were providing ice to 27 senior residence facilities still without power, local media reported.

Firefighters evacuated 158 people from the nursing home.

Temperatures on Tuesday in Hollywood reached 32C (90F), according to the National Weather Service.

A caseworker named Ed, who declined to give his last name, came to the facility Wednesday morning to check on his 80-year-old dementia patient.

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Mary Ann Lettore tells WESH that she picked up her father from Brookdale on Wednesday because he'd fallen and cut his arm during the storm.

When asked if his loved one was alive, a man said, "I hope so, sir".

Three bodies were found on the second floor.

In Broward County, more than 212,000 electricity accounts were without power Thursday morning, state officials said.

"We often see that injuries and deaths after disaster in the United States are more common than those actually caused by the disaster itself", Kirsch said.

A neighbor told FOX35 Orlando generators were not allowed in the community, and officials across Florida are warning people to keep generators outside homes. He also said investigators will look into how many windows were open.

"Facility administration has been in communication with Florida Power & Light and the governor's office since the beginning of Hurricane Irma, and is cooperating fully with relevant authorities to investigate the circumstances that led to this unfortunate and tragic outcome".

Irma hit Florida about two weeks after Hurricane Harvey plowed into Houston, killing about 60 and causing some $180 billion in damage, mostly from flooding.

Before the massive storm touched down in the United States, it killed almost 40 people in Caribbean islands. "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.

Almost a week after Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida and barreled through the state, over 1.6 million customers still have no power in the sweltering September heat. Officials say it could take several years to rebuild. About 110,000 people remained in shelters across the state.