Trump Makes First Stop in Storm-Torn Florida

Trump Makes First Stop in Storm-Torn Florida

"I am outraged over the deaths of eight Floridians at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Broward County and I am demanding answers as we furiously investigate this awful loss of life", Scott said in a statement on Saturday. The air condition company Airstron went in there, and they tried to fix it, but they couldn't.

Officials said that a call for service was made around 4 a.m. and responders "found several patients in varying degrees of medical distress".

Police responded and chose to evacuate.

Across the street from the stifling nursing home sat a fully air-conditioned hospital, Memorial Regional.

Wrong was the fact that 5 elderly women and 3 men died in a hot nursing home just yards away from a hospital but it's what happens next the entire state needs to make sure it gets right.

"These people are basically prisoners in their own homes", said Pembroke Pines City Manager Charlie Dodge. As of 2016, Florida had about 680 nursing homes.

"Irma sustained 185 miles per hour winds, which was one of the strongest wind speeds ever recorded for a hurricane", according to Vox.

Hollywood police said 115 residents were evacuated from the facility.

Customers who lost electricity on Florida's eastern side will likely have it restored by this weekend, because fewer utility poles came down than in other parts of the state, the company said. Police officials said other patients were in critical care.

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The ex-husband of 71-year-old victim Gail Nova said her devastated family believes the facility should lose its license.

Though the facility has a generator, it was unclear if it was operational, and Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief told reporters that the residents died from the lack of air conditioning.

When asked why the patients hadn't been taken across the street to Memorial Regional hospital when temperatures became unsafe, Hollywood city spokeswoman Rayelin Storey said, "We can't get inside the heads of the staff and the administrators of this facility".

Three residents died in the facility and five more perished at the hospital or on the way.

Florida Governor Rick Scott also ordered emergency workers to check on nursing homes and assisted living facilities to ensure residents are safe.

Initial damage assessments found that 25 percent of homes there were destroyed and 65 percent suffered major damage, Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Brock Long said.

With the death of the eight patients, many friends and family members of patients in the home are now highly concerned with the conditions their loved ones may have been in.

Hurricane Irma has slammed into southwest Florida, threatening to bring risky storm surges to coastal areas, already battered by the hurricane's powerful winds.

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