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Trump arrives in Florida to see damage caused by Irma

Trump arrives in Florida to see damage caused by Irma

Six people at a Florida nursing home that was left without power for days after Hurricane Irma have died.

At least 10 people were killed when Irma hit Cuba as a category five hurricane, the island nation's worst hurricane death toll since 16 died in Hurricane Dennis in 2005.

Temperatures in South Florida this week have been in the 80s.

The Category 5 hurricane hit the Florida Keys island chain last weekend after carving a destructive path through the eastern Caribbean, forcing the mandatory evacuation of nearly six million people and forcing the state into lockdown. Some 4.2 million homes and businesses were still without power on Wednesday in Florida and neighboring states, down from a peak outage tally of 7.4 million customers on Monday.

But the Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills is pushing back against charges it let the patients die.

"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. "Our most important concern to ensure they were hydrated and as comfortable as possible", said Carballo in a statement. He said the building has been sealed off for the criminal investigation but did not give further details. "It was very hot on the second floor".

Around 115 residents from the home were immediately evacuated after a nearby hospital began receiving patients suffering from heat-related problems.

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.

Over 100 people were evacuated from the Hollywood Hills facility on Wednesday after days without air conditioning.

Scott said if investigators find the facility was not meeting the state standards of care, they will be "held accountable to the fullest extent of the law". He added that "I don't know what he's going to do".

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That has not changed. "What happened was that I received an offer for work and, in life, sometimes you're interested and sometimes not".

"This situation is unfathomable", he said.

"I just feel that they were neglected and [the facility] didn't take care of what they needed to take care of".

Catastrophe modeler Karen Clark & Co estimated Wednesday that the destructive storm has caused about 25 billion US dollars in insured losses, including 18 billion dollars in the United States and 7 billion dollars in the Caribbean.

In the battered Florida Keys, meanwhile, county officials pushed back against a preliminary estimate from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that 25 per cent of all homes in the Keys were destroyed and almost all the rest were heavily damaged.

In Marathon Key, a Publix grocery store opened under police guard on Tuesday, but residents could buy only 20 items each, and no cigarettes or alcohol allowed, said 70-year-old retiree Elaine Yaquinto.

US President Donald Trump visited Gulf Coast Florida communities recovering from the hurricane yesterday, praising first responders for their role in limiting the loss of life.

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom said on Wednesday it would add an extra 25 million pounds ($33.2 million/27.2 million euros) in aid for its territories in the Caribbean devastated by Irma.

An official confirmed to ABC News that a visit by the president to the U.S. Virgin Islands, which was also hit by the hurricane, is a possibility, and said that if it does occur, it wouldn't happen until next week at the earliest.

"We've had bigger storms", Trump told reporters on Air Force One. "My house, my business, both my vehicles, everything is gone", said Benson, who was stopping in San Juan before continuing to Boston to seek refuge with his wife's brother.