Florida nursing home called emergency cellphone belonging to governor's office for help

Power Out For More Than 60 Percent Of Florida Homes And Businesses

Gulf Power Crews Head Out to Help Restore Power in Florida

The death toll from Irma stood at 81, with several hard-hit Caribbean islands accounting for more than half the fatalities, and officials continued to assess damage inflicted by the second major hurricane to strike the USA mainland this year. Administrator Jorge Carballo says the facility is cooperating fully with authorities as they investigate.

Lewis says six people died in vehicle crashes, four while engaged in storm preparations, one was electrocuted by a downed power line, and another had a cardiac issue.

Both cities are on Florida's west coast, far from Trump's swank Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, on the state's east coast.

Widespread outages can pose dangers, especially in the 90-plus degree Florida heat.

Massive power outages still crippled Florida, where about 3.3 million customers had no power as of Wednesday afternoon, and Georgia, where the number of homes, businesses and organizations affected was nearly 352,000.

The five people who died Wednesday in South Florida were part of a mounting death toll that also included two people in Georgia killed when trees fell on them and a man in Winter Park, Fla., near Orlando, apparently electrocuted by a downed power line in a roadway.

"We're conducting a criminal investigation into the deaths that occurred here", Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez explained during a Wednesday press conference. After the second call, fire officials called the state Department of Children and Families to report concerns about the facility.

Eight patients at the center between the ages of 71 and 99 died Wednesday due to intense heat and no power. The cause of their deaths has yet to be determined. Randy Katz, told reporters.

Broward County officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment. He didn't answer questions regarding whether a generator was running inside the place.

In North Carolina and SC, where Duke Energy provides electricity for more than 4 million customers, the utility said it has turned the power back on for 160,000 customers, and that 57,000 remain affected.

By Wednesday afternoon, state emergency management officials estimate that one third _ or 6.4 million _ residents remained without power in the Sunshine state.

To recover restoration costs, FPL files with state regulators and, if approved, adds a storm surcharge on the monthly bills of its almost 5 million customers.

President Donald Trump doled out hoagies and handshakes in the sweltering Florida heat on Thursday as he took a firsthand tour of Irma's devastation and liberally dispensed congratulatory words about the federal and state recovery effort. The remote island chain stretches almost 100 miles (160 km) into the Gulf of Mexico from Florida's southern tip, connected by a single highway and series of bridges. Some 10,000 Keys residents stayed put when the storm hit and may ultimately need to be evacuated, according to officials.

Elizabeth Martinez, 61, said the ordeal, including losing part of the roof of her home, had convinced her it was time to leave the island.

"They're going to be doing a lot of hands-on work", Hall said. "You're not going to convince a 95-year-old Holocaust survivor to do something that she doesn't want to do". "We've got it very well covered", Trump said. "This is a small community where everybody knows each other and takes care of each other".

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