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VOA: Trump to Visit Florida as State Slowly Recovers From Hurricane Irma

VOA: Trump to Visit Florida as State Slowly Recovers From Hurricane Irma

14 September 2017 | 15:23 | FOCUS News Agency
Miami. U.S. President Donald Trump travels Thursday to southwestern Florida to get a briefing on recovery efforts from Hurricane Irma and to meet with some of the people impacted by the powerful storm, Voice of America reported.
Trump's schedule includes stops in Fort Myers and Naples.The center of Irma passed through those areas as it went up the western side of Florida with strong winds, and a combination of heavy rain and storm surge that caused widespread flooding.
He has already declared Florida a major disaster area, a move that speeds up the release of federal relief funds.
Recovery efforts are underway, but officials have cautioned that it will take a long time to repair the damage left by the hurricane that also devastated several Caribbean islands.
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Reuters: Criminal probe opens into eight deaths at Florida nursing home after Irma

Reuters: Criminal probe opens into eight deaths at Florida nursing home after Irma

14 September 2017 | 06:08 | FOCUS News Agency
Miami. Police on Wednesday opened a criminal investigation into the deaths of eight elderly patients inside a stifling South Florida nursing home that lost power during Hurricane Irma, Reuters reports.
The overall death toll from the storm climbed to 81 on Wednesday, with several hard-hit Caribbean islands accounting for more than half the fatalities, and officials continued to assess damage inflicted by the second major hurricane to strike the U.S. mainland this year.
Irma killed at least 29 people in Florida, plus seven more in Georgia and South Carolina combined, authorities said.
The power losses had tragic consequences at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hill, a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, north of Miami. Three elderly residents were found dead on Wednesday inside the sweltering facility, which had been left without air conditioning, officials said. Five more patients from the nursing home later died at a nearby hospital, they said.
Police said they have opened an investigation into possible criminal negligence.
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The Daily Express: Hurricane Irma: British marines hunt Caribbean prison inmates after storm jailbreak

The Daily Express: Hurricane Irma: British marines hunt Caribbean prison inmates after storm jailbreak

14 September 2017 | 06:06 | FOCUS News Agency
London. BRITISH marines and police officers have joined the hunt for dozens of high-risk inmates who broke out from a British Virgin Islands prison after Hurricane Irma devastated the territory, The Daily Express reports.
Over 100 prisoners broke out of what is understood to be high-security prison after it was partiallydestroyed when the then-category 5 hurricane when Irma hit last week.
At least 40 high-risk inmates are still reportedly on the run, according to Vice News.
Nearly 1,000 British marines and 47 police officers have been sent to restore “law and order” with a further 250 troops expected to deploy to the region.
The Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Sir Alan Duncan said: “The prison was breached, over 100 very serious prisoners escaped.”
He added that the prison escape represented a “serious threat of the complete breakdown of law and order” and the British troops were being used to “protect the Governor and everything else about law and order”.
Hurricane Irma battered the British Virgin Islands, which suffered the full brunt of the storm as its eye passed through the Caribbean.
The islands’ Governor Gus Jaspert was forced to declare a state of emergency after the storm decimated buildings and reports of fatalities emerged.
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AFP: Irma weakens to tropical storm in Florida

AFP: Irma weakens to tropical storm in Florida

11 September 2017 | 15:24 | FOCUS News Agency
Miami. Irma weakened early Monday to a tropical storm as it continued on a northward path through Florida, the National Hurricane Center said, AFP reported.
However, it was still producing "some wind gusts to near hurricane force."
As of 8 am (1200 GMT), Irma was about 105 miles (170 kilometers) northwest of Tampa, with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour (110 kilometers per hour).

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AFP: Irma weakens to Category 1 Hurricane but still poses threat

AFP: Irma weakens to Category 1 Hurricane but still poses threat

11 September 2017 | 09:40 | FOCUS News Agency
Miami. Hurricane Irma weakened to a Category 1 storm early Monday as it marched up the US state of Florida's northwestern coast, with its eye located about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of the vulnerable Tampa area, AFP reported.
Maximum sustained winds had decreased to near 85 miles per hour as of 2:00 am local time (0600 GMT), with Irma projected to become a tropical storm as it moved into northern Florida or southern Georgia later Monday.
Warnings of dangerous storm surges remained in effect through vast swaths of peninsular Florida, where more than six million people had been ordered to flee Irma in one of the biggest evacuations in US history.

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AFP: Hurricane Irma makes second landfall in Florida: US forecasters

AFP: Hurricane Irma makes second landfall in Florida: US forecasters

10 September 2017 | 23:23 | FOCUS News Agency
Miami. Hurricane Irma made landfall for the second time in Florida on Sunday, this time striking Marco Island near the popular shopping and golf destination of Naples, US forecasters said, AFP reports.

The deadly hurricane hit Marco Island at 3:35 pm (1935 GMT) as a Category Three storm with top winds swirling at 115 miles (185 kilometers) per hour just 15 miles south-southeast of Naples, according to the National Hurricane Center.
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