During Irma visit to Southwest Florida, President Trump lauds Gov. Rick Scott


Six people are dead after Hurricane Irma knocked out air conditioning at a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, according to ABC affiliate WPLG-TV.

In Florida, some 2.69 million homes and businesses were still without power on Thursday, or about 1 in 4 Florida customers.

Three Broward County lawmakers have asked Gov. Rick Scott to initiate an independent state investigation into the deaths Wednesday of eight residents of a Hollywood nursing home.

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Broward County Medical Examiner Dr. Craig Mallak said his office had received the bodies of three of the victims - two women age 71 and another who was 78 - for autopsies.

"We believe at this time they (the deaths) may be related to the loss of power in the storm".

Jean Lindor, a kitchen worker, said through a Haitian Creole translator that the air conditioner has not been working since the storm and it has been hot inside.

"I am going to aggressively demand answers on how this tragic event took place", Scott said in a statement.

"Right now the building has been sealed off".

"If they find that anyone wasn't acting in the best interests of their patients, we will hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law", the governor said.

Over 100 people were evacuated from the Hollywood Hills facility on Wednesday after days without air conditioning. Randy Katz, told reporters.

"We love the people of Florida and they went through something that, I guess, the likes of which we could really say nobody's ever seen before", Trump said in Naples.

The facility is not the only Florida nursing home that has been left without power by Irma.

Vice President Mike Pence, who joined Trump on the trip, promised Floridians: "We're with you today". But as the more powerful, hurricane-force version of Irma worked its way toward northern Florida, Wolf was keeping his fingers crossed that a generator he had ordered online would arrive ahead of the storm.

In Marathon Key, a Publix grocery store opened under police guard on Tuesday, but residents could buy only 20 items each, and no cigarettes or alcohol allowed, said 70-year-old retiree Elaine Yaquinto.

President Donald Trump doled out hoagies and handshakes in the sweltering Florida heat on Thursday as he took a firsthand tour of Irma's devastation and liberally dispensed congratulatory words about the federal and state recovery effort.

On Wednesday, he climbed down from what had been the upper floor of his home on a ladder, wearing only underwear and flip-flops because the wind blew away his clean clothes.

Nursing home officials said they told Scott they needed "immediate assistance", but did not hear back from the governor. And my trousers, my phone, my wallet are all gone.

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

Trump addressed what he called the "very special problem" in the Florida Keys, where 90 percent of homes had at least some damage, according to FEMA.

Of the almost 40 people killed by Irma in the Caribbean, victims include 10 dead on the French island of St Barts and on the French part of St Martin - which is shared with the Netherlands.

French President Emmanuel Macron visited St. Barts on Wednesday to offer support and solidarity to the islanders, after his government was criticized for not doing enough to prepare and help France's Caribbean territories hit by Irma last week.