Riding out Hurricane Irma in Key West, Florida

More Florida Keys residents return home to survey Irma's destruction

Riding out Hurricane Irma in Key West, Florida

U.S. police have obtained a search warrant in their criminal investigation of the deaths of eight elderly patients exposed to sweltering heat after their Miami-area nursing home was left with little or no air conditioning in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

FedEx generated some good will with at least one Florida customer recently as Hurricane Irma began its ominous approach.

Hurricane Irma was a monster and everyone in the state, especially in south Florida, knew to expect havoc.

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.

Florida's southwestern coast is a haven for retirees seeking warm weather and lovely sunsets across the Gulf of Mexico.

Other areas of the state, however, remain largely incapacitated, including the Florida Keys, where an estimated quarter of the homes were destroyed.

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. "Our most important concern to ensure they were hydrated and as comfortable as possible", said Carballo in a statement.

Police have started a criminal investigation into the deaths. "The temperatures, particularly on the second floor, were extremely hot".

Hollywood Police Chief Tom Sanchez said investigators believe the deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were heat-related, and added: "The building has been sealed off and we are conducting a criminal investigation". The youngest was 70, according to the Broward County Medical Examiner's office. The facility was bought at a bankruptcy auction two years ago after its previous owner when to prison for Medicare fraud, according to news reports at the time of the sale. Florida Power and Light says it provided power to at least part of the system.

Governor Scott has asked first responders to check in with healthcare facilities in their area and "make sure nursing homes and assisted living facilities are able to keep their residents safe".

"I am going to aggressively demand answers on how this tragic event took place", said Gov. Rick Scott. "This situation is unfathomable". After the storm passed, a deputy took her back home and another brought her food.

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

President Donald Trump plans to visit Naples, on Florida's hard-it southwestern coast, on Thursday.

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. After being struck by Irma last week, the U.S. Virgin Islands couldn't look less like a tourist destination.

"We're working on a deal, very important is the wall to me and we have to know the wall will not be obstructed", said Mr. Trump of the border security package discussions with Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. "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.

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