Nursing Home Says It Contacted Scott 'Multiple Times' Before Patients Died

Nursing Home Says It Contacted Scott 'Multiple Times' Before Patients Died

The president, wearing a white baseball cap with "USA" written on it, later visited Naples, near where Irma first reached the United States mainland on Sunday, handed out sandwiches to residents at a feeding station under a blue shade pavilion. Residents of the Florida Keys continue to be turned away.

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. A state inspection report in February 2016 cited the facility for failing to comply with regulations for emergency generators.

Almost 2.7 million homes and businesses - about one in four buildings - are still without power in Florida.

As patients were dying in South Florida, both the Governor Rick Scott and the top emergency manager were fielding questions about nursing home safety. It then plowed north up the Gulf Coast of the state before dissipating.

"We took part in emergency management preparedness calls with local and state emergency officials, other nursing homes and health regulators", he said.

Police said a criminal investigation is underway and they are not ruling anything out. Many local residents are giving up and getting out after losing everything to the category 5 storm, Â even as the local authorities in the USA territory say they are determined to rebuild the islands.

An NPS statement on the parkway's website says conditions vary across the parkway, and while some sections have reopened, others require more in-depth and technical cleanup to mitigate substantial tree and rock damage. Two other deaths were reported later Wednesday afternoon.

Three of those who died were in their nineties, including 99-year-old Albertina Vega.

Police and fire crews began evacuating the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills on Wednesday morning.

Firefighters put on air tanks and found the woman dead inside the home with three critically ill men.

"He said they unloaded all the generators from today's delivery trucks and were personally delivering them to customers before the storm", Wolf explained in his Facebook post.

The rehab center's administrator, Jorge Carballo, told the Miami Herald facility officials are fully cooperating with authorities. It was outside, near the garage, which was left open a few inches.

Wolf said the generator was never delivered to his home, however.

State Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black told WABE-FM that 50 percent of Georgia's pecan crop might be lost, which will have negative ramifications for an already struggling rural economy. The center said it was informed that service would soon be fixed.

The station reports that crop consultants estimate between 25 percent and 50 percent of the cotton yield is gone, as cotton is susceptible to high winds as it nears harvest.

To the east, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation has been checking on elderly residents in their homes and felt a greater sense of urgency after the deaths.

The center said the hurricane knocked out a transformer that powered the air conditioning.

For older people living on their own, such as 94-year-old Mary Dellaratta, getting help can depend on the attentiveness of neighbors, family and local authorities.

Meanwhile, detectives were combing through the Hollywood facility where eight elderly residents died amid sweltering heat.

A second call came an hour later - but by the third call for help, the facility raised eyebrows that the situation may become deadlier and deadlier as temperatures increased and the nursing home was left without adequate air conditioning.