As of Thursday morning, the number of homes and businesses without electricity in Florida was 2.69 million, according to the agency.
President Donald Trump returned on Thursday to the storm-swept American South, handing out food and meeting with survivors on the Gulf coast of Florida, where Hurricane Irma raged last weekend. In striking a deal with Democrats last week, Trump secured billions of dollars in federal disaster relief funding, though the affected states will ultimately require exponentially more help down the road. "Will fly to #Florida on Thursday w @potus to survey the damages from #HurricaneIrma", said a post on Melania Trump's official Twitter account. "We are there for you 100 percent", he said, adding, "this is a state that I know very well".
The president and first lady Melania Trump made a similar trip to Texas two weeks ago to see the devastation left behind by Hurricane Harvey.
"It's a team like very few people have seen", Trump said, referring to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Sen. "So I hope he runs for the Senate", Trump said.
After Harvey struck Texas, Trump drew criticism for having minimal interaction with residents during his first trip in late August.
The deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills on Wednesday stirred outrage over what many saw as a preventable tragedy and heightened concerns about the vulnerability of the state's large elderly population amid widespread, lingering power outages.
On his second visit, to Texas and Louisiana, he was more hands-on. About 110,000 people remain in shelters across the state.
Irma, which ranked as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record before striking the US mainland as a Category 4 hurricane on September 10, took at least 82 deaths. One man yelled, "Make America Great Again!" White House officials say Trump also plans to visit the devastated US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico soon. "In many cases, they've lost their homes and it's a tough situation". Many communities are still cleaning up or without power or air conditioning.
Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president will be in the Naples area, in southwest Florida. Days after Irma passed, nearly 80 percent of homes and businesses were still without electricity, and floodwaters still covered some communities entirely.