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Trump in Florida to survey Hurricane Irma damage, meets victims

Trump in Florida to survey Hurricane Irma damage, meets victims”

While it's too soon to know for certain how, if, or even where Hurricane Irma might affect the continental United States, Florida officials are urging residents to be prepared after the National Hurricane Center announced there was an "increasing chance" some areas of the state would see at least "some impacts from Irma".

Not counting the nursing home deaths, at least 15 people in Florida have died under Irma-related circumstances, and six more in SC and Georgia, many of them well after the storm had passed. Gone were the climate-controlled bubbles people relied on in Florida's sweltering heat and humidity.

Residents are returning to their homes, with the Florida Department of Transportation saying all 42 bridges along USA 1 - the only road into and out of the Keys - have been inspected and cleared.

In Lee County, which includes Cape Coral and Fort Myers, the Florida Emergency Management Agency said 66 percent of the area's 290,000 electrical customers were still without power Wednesday.

Florida's post-Irma recovery picked up momentum Friday as power outages dropped and schools made plans to reopen.

The Irma blackout is still much smaller than a 2003 outage that put 50 million people in the dark.

Florida Power & Light spokesman Rob Gould said during a midday news conference he didn't know if there were calls about a need for power restoration at the facility.

On Sunday, at 3:49 p.m., administrators contacted Florida Power and Light with an emergency request to restore power.

The Florida Health Care Association, a nursing-home industry group, said Wednesday morning that about 150 of almost 700 nursing facilities in the state do not have electricity fully restored.

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

"If they find that anyone wasn't acting in the best interests of their patients, we will hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law", the governor said. There was no air conditioning.

There were signs on social media that some people were growing angry and exhausted of waiting. He declined to say whether the electricity was entirely out at the facility or if only the air conditioning was out, saying that was still under investigation.

At Century Village in Pembroke Pines, more than half of the residential buildings _ 77 of 144 _ were still without power Wednesday afternoon.

Search-and-rescue teams made their way into the more distant reaches of the Keys, and an aircraft carrier was positioned off Key West to help.

Two generator incidents have occurred in Hernando County. Their house is among the 1,000 homes in the county that have been damaged or destroyed.

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

In Georgia, more than 510,000 homes and businesses remained without power Wednesday. All substations and 1K+ main power lines restored. Hurricane Harvey dropped record rains and caused flooding in Texas.

"It's only been 48 hours after the storm hit, and it's absolutely remarkable what has been accomplished", Florida State Sen.

The home has had safety violations in the past but corrected them, CNN reported.



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