Trump touches down in Florida to survey Hurricane Irma damage

President Donald Trump visits hurricane-ravaged Florida on Thursday where police are probing the deaths of eight patients inside a nursing home as Hurricane Irma left millions in the state without power.

Police in Hollywood, north of Miami, opened a criminal investigation on Wednesday after finding three dead patients at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hill, a facility that had been operating with little or no air conditioning.

Four more patients died at or en route to hospital and a fifth was later identified as having died the night before, officials said.

The death toll from Irma stood at 81, 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.

Trump will visit Fort Myers in southwest Florida, an area hard hit by the storm, for a briefing on Hurricane Irma. He will then travel south to Naples, Florida to meet with residents tackling the aftermath of storm, the White House said in a statement.

“The devastation left by Hurricane Irma was far greater, at least in certain locations, than anyone thought – but amazing people working hard!” the president said in a Tweet on Tuesday.

One of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record, Irma bore down on the Caribbean with devastating force as it raked the northern shore of Cuba last week. (Reuters)

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Trump touches down in Florida to survey Hurricane Irma damage

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, right, tour Naples Estates, a neighborhood impacted by Hurricane Irma, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in Naples, Fla. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

Trump touches down in Florida to survey Hurricane Irma damage

President Donald Trump (2ndL) is accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence (C) and Florida Governor Rick Scott (2ndR) while meeting with people impacted by Hurricane Irma in Naples, Fla., Sept.14, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Trump touches down in Florida to survey Hurricane Irma damage

President Donald Trump (C), with Florida Governor Rick Scott (L), US Vice President Mike Pence (2nd L) and First Lady Melania Trump (R), helps serve food to people affected by Hurricane Irma, in Naples, Florida, on September 14, 2017. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump touches down in Florida to survey Hurricane Irma damage

President Donald Trump speaks between first lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence (L) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) (2ndL) while receiving a briefing on Hurricane Irma relief efforts in Fort Myers, Fla., Sept. 14, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Trump touches down in Florida to survey Hurricane Irma damage

President Donald Trump (L), First Lady Melania Trump (2nd L) listen to Florida Governor Rick Scott as he speaks during a briefing on Hurricane Irma relief efforts at Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers, Sept. 14, 2017, in Fort Myers, Fla. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump touches down in Florida to survey Hurricane Irma damage

Senator Marco Rubio greets US President Donald Trump at Southwest Florida International Airport on Sept. 14, 2017 in Fort Myers, Fla. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump touches down in Florida to survey Hurricane Irma damage

President Donald Trump arrives at Southwest Florida International Airport on Sept. 14, 2017, in Fort Myers, Fla. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump touches down in Florida to survey Hurricane Irma damage

President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One for a trip to Florida to meet with first responders and people impacted by Hurricane Irma, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

Trump touches down in Florida to survey Hurricane Irma damage

President Donald Trump responds to a reporters question as he boards Air Force One with first lady Melania Trump for a trip to Florida to meet with first responders and people impacted by Hurricane Irma, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. ((Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

Trump touches down in Florida to survey Hurricane Irma damage

President Donald Trump answers a reporter’s question as he boards Air Force One for travel to view Hurricane Irma response efforts in Florida, from Joint Base Andrews, Md., Sept. 14, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Trump touches down in Florida to survey Hurricane Irma damage

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walks across the South Lawn to board Marine One at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base and then on to Fort Myers, Fla. to meet with citizens impacted by Hurricane Irma. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

Trump touches down in Florida to survey Hurricane Irma damage

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters as he and First Lady Melania Trump depart the White House in Washington on their way to view storm damage in Fla., Sept.14, 2017. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Trump touches down in Florida to survey Hurricane Irma damage

First Lady Melania Trump stands beside U.S. President Donald Trump as they depart the White House in Washington on their way to view storm damage in Fla., Sept.14, 2017. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Trump touches down in Florida to survey Hurricane Irma damage

President Donald Trump accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, second from right, takes a question from a member of the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base and then on to Fort Myers, Fla. to meet with citizens impacted by Hurricane Irma. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

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