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Trump heads to Florida to survey damage from Hurricane Irma

15 September 2017

US President Donald Trump visits hurricane-ravaged Florida on Thursday where police are probing the deaths of eight patients inside a nursing home as Hurricane Irma left millions in the state without power. Broward County said the home alerted officials about the situation Tuesday, but when asked if it had any medical needs or emergencies, it did not request help.

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"If you go back into the 1930s and the 1940s, and you take a look, we've had storms over the years that have been bigger than this", Trump said.

In the state of Florida, one in five residents is 65 or older. It has since also been spotted in Western Australia.

Nursing home administrator Jorge Carballo said in a statement that the facility was evacuated Wednesday "due to a prolonged power failure to the transformer which powered the facility's air conditioning system as a result of the hurricane".

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"I don't know if my sister is living", Mitchell said.

One would think that the bad photo of nursing-home residents in Houston, left to languish in waist-high water after Hurricane Harvey, would have made every facility in Florida cringe - and come up with a Plan A, B and C as Irma approached.

Including the nursing home deaths, at least 25 people in Florida have died under Irma-related circumstances, and six more in SC and Georgia, many of them well after the storm had passed.

On Thursday, detectives were at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills after receiving a search warrant to investigate the eight patients' deaths, which police believed were heat-related.

Paramedics rushed to evacuate the sweltering facility, but four more nursing home patients died in hospitals.

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Trump, standing alongside Scott and other Florida officials, said he knows that "at a certain point it ends for you and we can't let it end".

"Because of that, more than ever, we now need great tax reform and great tax cuts", the President added, as urged Democrats to join his push for the first major tax reform effort since 1986. The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, which licenses and regulates such facilities, says there are 683 nursing homes in the state with more than 84,000 beds.

In July 2015, Larkin Community Hospital issued a news release announcing it had won a bankruptcy auction and was taking over operations of the 152-bed Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, as well as other properties.

"The people who were working there worked hard to make a good outcome for our patients", she said. "We cared for them like family". The center showed deficiencies in maintaining fire and safety standards pertaining to exits and storage areas, as well as more serious problems with its generator maintenance and testing, according to February 2016 reports by Florida Agency for Health Care Administration inspectors.

But as Trump's comments about Scott suggested, politics wasn't far from the surface in Florida, the largest and most pivotal state in recent presidential elections.

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Jeffrey Nova had been calling the nursing home where his mom lived, but he couldn't get anyone to answer the phone since Sunday.

Trump heads to Florida to survey damage from Hurricane Irma