Rick Scott takes action against nursing home where eight died

Authorities hold a press conference outside the Hollywood Florida nursing home

If the nursing home staff had any serious concerns about the health of their residents, wouldn't it make sense to simply evacuate them across the street? Emergency workers marked the doors of empty houses with the date and time they were checked for casualties. "And we don't have shelters right now".

The President praised emergency crews for doing an "amazing job" saving lives, and told reporters that power is rapidly being turned back on throughout the state. Sanchez also said investigators will look into how many windows were open.

Scott said he was directing state agencies to worth with local law enforcement to investigate the incident. Our newsroom has been inundated with calls, emails and social media posts about Florida Power and Light's response to the on-going power crisis. The little bit we had, we lost because of no electricity.

Almost a week after Irma tore through the state, Floridians are slowly returning to find ruins in some of the hardest-hit areas. And no amount of finger-pointing at state officials or power companies will ever excuse the failure.

Power outages continue to plague the state, with 4.4 million customers still without power as of Wednesday morning, according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management. More than half the community of 15,000 residents lacked power.

The storm left around 40 people dead in the Caribbean before churning east and pounding Florida.

Parts of Daytona Beach remained flooded days after Irma made landfall.

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Florida officials including Governor Rick Scott and US Senator Marco Rubio greeted Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in Fort Myers, Florida.

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"These people are basically prisoners in their own homes", said Pembroke Pines City Manager Charlie Dodge. "You want to come back to a sewer system that works". Driving south and west from Key Largo, the visible damage from the storm grew progressively more severe.

"There's nothing we can do", Long said. Then we go to the feeder lines.

Shortly after, first lady Melania Trump tweeted that she would accompany her husband to Florida on Thursday.

Barr and his wife fled to his parents' home in the northern Florida ahead of the storm, he told CNN affiliate WCJB, and are watching for their moment to return.

SHAPIRO: Well, Eli Pina, thank you very much for telling us your story.

At least 34 storm-related deaths have been reported on the USA mainland, according to local officials.

Across Florida, powerless residents are forced to deal with spoiled food in warm refrigerators, cellphones losing battery and service, and high temperatures increasing risk of heatstroke for the young and old.

Detailing the problems identified this week by the Agency for Health Care Administration, member station WLRN reports, "In its complaint, the healthcare agency said that on September 10 the rehab center 'became aware that its air conditioning equipment had ceased to operate effectively.'".

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