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6 dead at Florida nursing home after Irma knocks out power

18 September 2017

Irma, which made landfall Sunday morning in the Florida Keys as a Category Four hurricane, had triggered orders for more than six million people to flee to safety, one of the biggest evacuations in USA history. All substations and 1K+ main power lines restored.

The overall death toll from Irma climbed to 81 on Wednesday, 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 US mainland this year.

FPL's outage map online shows more than 700-thousand people on the east coast of South Florida are still without power. The facility has been sealed off for a criminal investigation after 158 patients, sweltering for days, were evacuated to hospitals.

A representative from the White House said that officials are planning more trips to areas of the country impacted by recent hurricanes. "If we don't have the wall, we're doing nothing", he said. Irma made landfall on Barbuda in the first week of September, and the weather system was still hovering over the mainland of Sept. 13.

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"If you go back into the teens, you'll see storms that were as big or bigger".

Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday night that he directed the Agency for Health Care Administration to terminate the center as a provider for Medicaid, which provides health care for low-income individuals and families.

"Once you get the water moving, it's hard to slow it down", he said.

On Sunday morning, residents will regain access to Key West at the end of the archipelago, the Sheriff's Office said in a statement on its Facebook page.

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"We must absolutely make sure there are laws in place to keep all vulnerable Floridians safe", the governor wrote.

"They went through something the likes of which.nobody's ever seen before", Trump told reporters before moving on to tour Irma damage and help distribute lunches to those impacted by the storm.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Vice President Mike Pence is also traveling to Florida. "Property is replaceable, but lives are not, and safety has to come first". They include 27 in Florida, four in SC and three in Georgia. Together, they marked the first time in recorded history that two Atlantic, Category 4 hurricanes hit the United States in a single year.

The police, hospital staffs, and workers then started evacuating around 100 residents present inside the Rehabilitation Centre at Hollywood Hills.

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6 dead at Florida nursing home after Irma knocks out power