Trump confirms visit to Florida over Hurricane Irma

Flood waters touch the bottom of a mailbox in Bonita Springs on Florida's Gulf Coast as the effects of Hurricane Irma continue to render parts of the state unlivable

White House: Trump to visit Florida on Thursday

Police and fire crews began evacuating the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills on Wednesday morning.

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". As of 2016, Florida had about 680 nursing homes.

But Scott's office defended the governor's actions, saying the facility never reported "that conditions had become unsafe". "These kind of facilities should be regulated with a strong, tight rein. and it hasn't happened". Broward County said the nursing home had alerted the county emergency operations center on Tuesday that it had lost power, but it did not request help.

There are now no patients at the center.

"We're talking about taking care of people, people brought here that have done a good job".

"We believe the FDLE is best equipped to perform the broader investigation and provide assurance to the community that a full, complete and impartial investigation into potential criminal liability is conducted", the lawmakers wrote.

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson called the deaths in Hollywood "an inexcusable tragedy" and demanded a federal investigation.

Wolf said the generator was never delivered to his home, however. "We're going to be with you tomorrow", Trump said.

Jack Michel, manager of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, was once accused of federal and state health care fraud charges, according to the Department of Justice.

Governor Scott has asked first responders to check in with healthcare facilities in their area and "make sure nursing homes and assisted living facilities are able to keep their residents safe".

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The president also told reporters that his priority remains on the middle class as the administration eyes tax reform on their to-do list of agenda setting measures. "We saw that there were a number of people in respiratory distress and other distress" as rescuers arrived on scene, a spokeswoman said.

The building has since been cordoned off and police and state investigators have opened a criminal investigation into the deaths of residents, whose ages range from 71 to 99.

Patients from a behavioral unit of another nearby facility, the Larkin Community Hospital, were also being evacuated, officials said.

Before the hurricane hit Florida, family members called the facility to find out about the plans for before and after the hurricane.

"...met in March with Broward County officials to discuss hurricane preparations, but that the officials had not flagged the nursing home as "top-tier" critical infrastructure that would need power first".

The overall death toll from Irma climbed to 81 on Wednesday, with several hard-hit Caribbean islands accounting for more than half the fatalities as officials continue to assess the damage inflicted by the second major hurricane to strike the United States mainland this year.

"I just feel that they were neglected and [the facility] didn't take care of what they needed to take care of".

Three people died at the facility in Hollywood, Fla., and three others were pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital, said officials in the city between Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

Some 4.3 million homes and businesses were still without power on Wednesday in Florida and neighbouring states, down from a peak outage tally of 7.4 million customers on Monday. More than 21,000 people remain in shelters across the state.

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