After initial stumbles in earlier disaster-zone visits and criticism over a perceived lack of empathy for those affected, Trump appeared more comfortable Thursday in the role of consoler-in-chief, tasked with the ceremonial duty of rallying flagging spirits in the hurricane zone.
And I kept calling Florida Power & Light.
FPL, which serves almost five million homes and businesses, said it expects to restore power to essentially all its users, in the eastern portion of Florida, by the end of the weekend and the harder-hit western portion of the state by September 22.
Boats ride out Hurricane Irma in a marina on 10 September 2017 in Miami, Florida. Then, police responded to a 911 call and found three people dead and others in struggling health.
They agree, all who provide safety for nursing home residents need to review plans and procedures - and make sure they are prepared for whatever might go wrong.
Massive power outages still crippled much of the Southeast on Wednesday. The South Florida Water Management District has a preliminary $4.8 million tab, of which $3.3 million is projected for debris removal and $836,312 is for protective measures.
The crisis was sparked when the storm knocked out a transformer that powered the retirement home's air-conditioning system.
- GEORGIA: About 560,000 customers as of Wednesday morning. Does FPL have the ability to prioritize power restoration to every facility providing care for vulnerable people across the 35 Florida counties it serves?
In affected areas with a weak phone connection? Authorities and a few residents were finally able to reach some of the island chain Tuesday. "When we approach her she wasn't really crying but tears were kind of coming, she says 'I can't breathe, I can't breathe Jean, '" Johnson said.
"My house, my business, both my vehicles, everything is gone", said Benson, who was stopping in San Juan before continuing to Boston to seek refuge with his wife's brother.
A man waited outside the nursing home in Hollywood Hills Florida for news of a wife's relative
In many areas, boil water advisories are in place.
"That's why we don't want people to, en masse, return down here to the Keys".
"The loss of these individuals is a profound tragedy within the larger tragedy of Hurricane Irma, and we extend our deepest sympathies to the families of these residents", Knapp said.
But it will be a long wait for those sifting through what's left of their homes, especially in the oppressive heat and high humidity.
With temperatures soaring inside the ill-fated home this week, three people in their seventies, two in their eighties and three in their nineties apparently suffered at length before dying, some of them after being transported - too late - to the nearby hospital.
"What has happened here is inexcusable", Florida Sen. "Not just my Betty but all the people", said Jean Johnson, who was friends with Betty Hibbard, one of the eight victims, for more than 60 years.
- SC had four deaths.
Another person died in Daytona Beach on Wednesday from carbon monoxide poisoning from an electric generator.
After the deaths were reported and the investigations launched, the Agency for Health Care Administration issued a moratorium keeping the nursing home from admitting any patients for the time being.
185 miles per hour: The strength of the winds of Irma at its peak. His girlfriend, Deborah Smith, waited behind, struck by the devastation around her.