Video shows conditions inside Florida nursing home before 8 residents died

Satellite imagery of Bay Drive just east of Key West Florida after being struck by Hurricane Irma

Satellite imagery of Bay Drive just east of Key West Florida after being struck by Hurricane Irma

Irma has the potential to have more mortgage-related impact than any storm before it, according to Black Knight.

Hurricane Irma tracked up the western side of Florida so it's perhaps a little surprising that so far the greatest proportion of claims filed are seen in counties on the east coast, such as Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Volusia, Brevard Seminole, Orange and Osceola.

As bad as Irma was, AccuWeather predicts that Hurricane Harvey's destruction could cost $190 billion, topping damage from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Millions more left voluntarily. While Withlacoochee Electric did an excellent job of getting power returned to our Meadowcrest printing plant so we could produce the daily newspaper, many of our contract carriers did not have enough gasoline to deliver the papers.

An independent, post-hurricane review of how the state's major utilities fared.

The Upper Keys, which include Key Largo, Tavernier and Islamorada, have started to bounce back more quickly than the Middle and Lower Keys, likely owing to their distance from Irma's eye and proximity to the mainland. Storms are a threat to anticipate, but cyber attacks are, too.

"We want as many minds around the table as possible", Knapp said.

Residents at the Hollywood Hills Rehabilitation Centre were left in sweltering heat after a power failure knocked out the air conditioning.

To try to prevent a similar tragedy from occurring again, Scott on Saturday directed the Agency for Health Care Administration and the Department of Elder Affairs to implement emergency rules aimed at keeping elder Floridians living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities (ALF's) safe during disasters.

As it pounded through the Sunshine state, it didn't stop there.

Gasoline dilemma and the hurricane. This is more likely to happen if state leaders also take up the call. The affected areas in Texas, Florida and the Gulf states account for a significant slice of the nation's home sales and new-home construction activity. For three years after the 2004 and 2005 storm seasons, the program offered 400,000 free wind inspections to homeowners. You want to come back to a water system that works. In Central Florida, homes were ruined by flooding or sewer backups in some neighborhoods.

Local governments and the state Legislature would benefit from this information, as they have roles to play. Florida recovered following Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne in 2004 and Wilma in 2005.

Analytics firm Corelogic on Tuesday estimated total insured and uninsured losses from damage to properties from Hurricane Irma at $42.5-$65 billion.

Altmaier issued an emergency order of his own on September 13 that, in addition to granting homeowners 90 more days to file claims, bans insurance companies from raising rates for 90 days and prohibits them from canceling or not renewing policies for homes damaged by Irma.

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