Monroe County Officials Reopening Marathon; Lower Keys to Reopen Sunday

Cheryl Sanders
September 18, 2017

US President Donald Trump has arrived in Florida for his third visit in three weeks and praised emergency services as the reason "thousands and thousands of people" didn't die during Hurricane Irma.

As he did in Texas after Hurricane Harvey, Trump extolled the recovery efforts, saying of that work in Florida that "the job everybody's done in terms of first responder and everybody, has been incredible".

Florida Power and Light said that 4.4 million of its customers were impacted and it doesn't think power to the East Coast will be fully restored until Sunday night. Dozens of hospital workers prepared a command center outside the building and gave red wristbands to patients with critical, life-threatening conditions and yellow and green ones to those who were in better conditions.

In many areas, boil water advisories are in place.

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

Florida was fortunate that Irma did not make landfall over the heavily populated coastal region around Miami.

Florida Governor Rick Scott said in a statement that he was "absolutely heartbroken" to learn of the tragic event, adding that the Florida Department of Children and Families and the Agency for Health Care Administration have also begun investigations.

The Port of Key West remains closed to all boat traffic because sunken vessels are still blocking the main channel. "It's going to be tough for returning residents because there will be many displaced residents and we have to have a long-term shelter option".

Mr Trump handed out sandwiches to residents, while Vice President Mike Pence and First Lady Melania Trump offered them bananas.

Full restoration is expected for Key West to Lower Sugarloaf by next week.

While a nursing home has been at that location almost 50 years, the Rehabilitation Center's name and registration are only two years old.

Hollywood Public Affairs Director Raelin Storey said there is no official cause of death yet, but a number were having resperitory issues.

More than 140 residents of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were evacuated on Wednesday after fire and rescue crews and medical staff from a nearby hospital found numerous facility's residents suffering from dehydration, heat stress and breathing difficulties.

Before the hurricane smashed into the U.S. mainland Sunday, it struck northern Caribbean islands, leaving at least 44 people dead, authorities said.

Georgia and SC are also cleaning up now that the storm has passed.

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