Florida governor issues new nursing home rules after post-Irma deaths

Tuesday, 19 Sep, 2017

Monroe County remains closed to anyone who is not a Keys resident or is working in official capacity with the hurricane relief effort.

Monroe County officials began letting residents head back to the lower Keys and Key West at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, but cars started lining up at the first of two checkpoints on the south Florida mainland around 11 p.m. Saturday, according to a Race Trac gas station attendant near the checkpoint.

Residents were allowed to return throughout the Keys on Sunday, a week after Irma struck.

Remote imagery showing the damage of Hurricane Irma on the Casa Marina, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, in the Florida Keys.

Portland resident Bruce Morrison has owned a second home in the Florida Key's for 13 years.

"We will not stop until 100 percent of Florida homes and businesses have power so all families can get back to their normal lives", Scott added.

But officials said they are anxious a new crisis could emerge when homeowners find their neighborhoods have no fuel, power, running water and other basic services.

"The camera had just caught part of my house as it zipped by and I'm like, "Oh my gosh there's my house on TV", it was like the most surreal thing", he said.

Many faculty and staff of the basilica's school, however, were waiting for the Key West airport to open to commercial flights to return.

Without water, sewer will not work in your home.

Marty Senterfitt, Monroe County's emergency management director, said he is going to try to get people out of shelters and into temporary trailers until they can find a permanent solution. Key West's Lower Keys Medical Center's emergency room is fully functioning and the hospital may be able to accept in-patients some time next week.

Recovery efforts are well underway with the Salvation Army planning to serve 5,000 barbecue dinners Saturday night in Marathon and Key West, marking the first hot meals for many since Irma made landfall almost a week ago.

He also said that he expects people to be responsible and understand the situation.

Four shelters are open at Island Christian School, Marathon High School, Sugarloaf School and Key West High School. Irma, however, sustained those winds for over 37 hours, 15 hours longer than any other storm in recorded history. But dozens of schools in the two districts - which serve nearly 700,000 students - are still without power.

North Carolina officials announced Friday that one person has died in the state as a result of Hurricane Irma.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho posted on Twitter that power and air conditioning had been restored to all schools.