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Hurricane Irma: Keys residents line up at checkpoint

17 September 2017, 02:31 | Taylor George

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The Florida Health Care Association, which advocates for elderly in the state, called it "a profound tragedy within the larger tragedy of Hurricane Irma". While detectives sought clues to the deaths, emergency workers went door to door to look for anyone else who was at risk.

Sharief said she's been concerned about the lack of power to facilities that are home to the elderly and others particularly vulnerable to the heat.

In a tweet Thursday morning, Trump said he is leaving for Florida to meet first responders and Coast Guards, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), and others, as they continue to deal with what the president described "a real disaster". Workers scrambled to keep patients cool with emergency stocks of ice and Popsicles. Statewide, 64 nursing homes were still waiting for full power Thursday, a number that had dropped almost 20 from the previous day, according to the Florida Health Care Association. "We're supposed to be on a priority list, and it doesn't come and it doesn't come, and frankly it's very scary".

Total insured losses from the storm are expected to run about US$25 billion, including US$18 billion in the United States and US$7 billion in the Caribbean, catastrophe modeller Karen Clark&Co estimated on Wednesday.

"They're more susceptible to the heat", said Broward County Commissioner Nan Rich. They are also more likely to take medication that affects body temperature.

"We're looking into the temperature inside the facility, the staffing inside the facility, and all the conditions inside the facility in the hours leading up to this situation", Hollywood city spokeswoman Raelin Storey told a news conference on Thursday. Seven more have died in Georgia and SC, combined, and 43 were killed in the Caribbean. The group was working on a precise count.

A day earlier near Orlando, firefighters helped relocate 122 people from two assisted-living centers that had been without power since the storm.

Taylor has a capacity of 700 residents in multiple buildings over more than 20 acres.

Altogether, more than 100 patients there were found to be suffering in the heat and were evacuated from the place, many on stretchers or in wheelchairs.

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Police evacuated 115 residents on Wednesday from the facility, whose air conditioning was cut by the storm. A deacon from her Roman Catholic church also stopped by.

"I want to know if my sister is alive", she said.

The electricity is out in her condo, so there's no television for news.

Scott said the facility had reported Tuesday afternoon that it had power and access to fans and spot coolers.

Near the point of despair, remembering to take her medicine or locating her cane are nearly insurmountable challenges.

In a rare moment for the often media-critical president, Mr. Trump told reporters, "We appreciate your being so understanding, it's been a very tough period of time even for you folks, we appreciate your understanding".

Nursing home regulators, during a February 2016 inspection, cited the nursing home for violating regulations regarding generator maintenance and testing, along with other safety code issues such as fire protective construction around exits.

Wolf said later, after Irma had passed, that his home never lost power, so he lent the generator to friend who needed it.

Amber Mickles, who was looking for her great-grandmother, aged 94, told the New York Post: "Imagine the heat, I am 29 and I can't take it and for them to have to sit through is awful". They didn't leave then. They're not going to leave now.

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