Trump thanks Florida first responders for Irma work

Parts of Daytona Beach remained flooded days after Irma made landfall

"We love the people of Florida, and they went through something that I guess the likes of which we can say nobody has ever seen before", Trump said amid piles of debris and downed trees.

"The investigation into this tragedy (at the Broward County facility) and the circumstances that may have contributed to it continues, and it would be inappropriate to comment on details until it concludes", the association said.

Later, Scott directed AHCA to issue an emergency moratorium for the facility, prohibiting it from admitting any patients until the order is lifted. The patients were transported to area hospitals, including Memorial Regional Hospital across the street.

This storm grew so immensely powerful over warmer-than-normal Atlantic water that it devastated the first islands in its path.

Florida Power and Light, the state's largest utility, said Wednesday that Broward County did not, during a hurricane planning meeting earlier in 2017, list The Rehabilitation Center as "critical infrastructure" where restoring power is a top priority after a storm.

Long before this past week, however, the facility had a history of poor inspections.

Florida Governor Rick Scott announced Wednesday that the Florida Department of Children of Families and the Agency for Health Care Administration have also begun an investigation. The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, which licenses and regulates such facilities, says there are 683 nursing homes in the state with more than 84,000 beds.

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. The state, too, has its own lousy record of regulation. He is also the president of Larkin Community Hospital, which has campuses in South Miami and Hialeah.

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hill had been operating with little or no air conditioning, officials said.

Craig said nursing home staff had assured her before the storm that they were prepared to safely shelter residents through the hurricane, and were equipped with generators, food and other necessary supplies. One of them was later evacuated because of the heat.

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She said some of the 15,000 residents at Century Village were vulnerable and "we are concerned about their welfare".

These South Florida facilities are among hundreds of nursing centers in the state.

"It made me feel like normal", she said.

The woman who shot the video sent it to her sister, Carmen Veroy.

"The staff has never been in any way disrespectful to me or my mom", he told CNN's Anderson Cooper. "They haven't told us anything". Additional rescue units were called in and remaining residents were evacuated.

Police have since sealed off the building and with the assistance of state and federal regulators opened a criminal investigation into the loss of life.

"It's extremely hot on the second floor of the facility", Sanchez said, but wouldn't specify if any of the six victims lived on the second floor of the two-floor building.

The facility was is just one of almost 700 nursing homes across the state, about 150 of which still lacked power as of Wednesday morning when the Hollywood Hills crisis occurred, according to the Florida Health Care Association.

In Hollywood, after responding to three early morning calls Wednesday about patients in distress, firefighters went through the facility, found three people dead and evacuated more than 150 patients to hospitals, many on stretchers or in wheelchairs, authorities said.

The Florida Health Care Association, a long-term care industry group, released a statement Wednesday morning framing the deaths within the context of Irma's brutal blow to the state. This was the first time Wilson used the Power Stroke 5500-watt generator and was unaware it wasn't for residential use, Fox-affiliate WTVT reported. Approximately 150 facilities out of the almost 700 facilities in the state do not now have full power services restored.

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