A hurricane formed off the southwestern coast of Mexico, meanwhile, triggering warnings of life-threatening storm conditions in areas still recovering from a devastating natural disaster last week.
Trump pledged to come back to Florida "numerous times". The Greater Miami Jewish Federation encouraged people to evacuate before the storm if they could, but the group has shifted its focus to checking on them and bringing supplies to their homes, said CEO Jacob Solomon. Ten Florida hospitals were closed and are continuing to coordinate with the state on reopening, he said.
"Weeks ahead of schedule - most of it outside the Keys, where we have a really special problem".
"We had no idea the extent of what was going on until we literally sent people room to room to check on people", said Dr.
Three people died at the facility, while the remaining two died at a nearby hospital, Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said at a news conference. "They were able to add to the environment even when we didn't have power".
Irma, which made landfall Sunday morning in the Florida Keys as a Category Four hurricane, had triggered orders for more than six million people to flee to safety, one of the biggest evacuations in U.S. history.
An estimated 150 facilities out of the almost 700 in the state are now without full power services, the association said.
Trump's praise, he said, is not just for rescue workers but "includes the people who live here".
"Everybody's prayers helped get us through this", he said. Gas stations along the way advertised that they didn't have fuel.
He spoke with at least one resident who was working to rebuild his house and served sandwiches.
FPL issues a power update for Wednesday Sept. 13 2017
The president first struggled to put on a pair of white gloves.
FPL leaders continue to say they are "racing to get the lights back on".
Like many places in Florida, the nursing home has been without power since being whipped by tropical storm-force winds with hurricane gusts on the edge of Hurricane Irma.
The nursing home's administration maintaining the hurricane knocked a transformer that powered the a/c system and that it's staff continually checked on the patients' well-being. The were identified by the Broward County medical examiner as Gail Nova, 70; Estella Hendricks, 71; Carolyn Eatherly, 78; Betty Hibbard, 84; Bobby Owens, 84; Miguel Antonio Franco, 92; Manuel Mario Medieta, 96; and Albertina Vega, 99.
The president, wearing a white baseball cap with "USA" written on it, later visited Naples, near where Irma first reached the US mainland on Sunday, handed out sandwiches to resident at a feeding station under a blue shade pavilion.
With millions of people in Florida still lacking power, officials are urging those who need a break from the heat to visit cooling centers and drink water.
On Thursday, Bendetta Craig, a witness whose mother was safely evacuated from the center, said that "It was unnecessary".
But those of us brushed by the storm are frustrated that people still can't hear us now. "Some strengthening is expected today before Max reaches the coast this evening or tonight", it said.
Guerrero state and western parts of neighboring Oaxaca state were forecast to receive 5 to 10 inches (12.5 to 25 cm) of rain, with some areas receiving more than 20 inches.