Israeli delegation headed for Miami takes a detour at a Georgian nursing home

Hurricane Irma, downgraded to a tropical storm, continues to wreak havoc in Florida as it advances north towards Georgia. An Israeli delegation headed to Miami stopped to help a nursing home in Georgia whose medical staff, stuck at the storm, couldn't reach the home.
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Downgraded to a tropical storm this morning (Monday), Irma, is now advancing north towards southern Georgia, bringing with it heavy winds, floods and tornado warnings. Among the thousands of volunteers helping residents throughout the southern United States is the IRC delegation of the IsraeLife Foundation, which consists of volunteers from Israeli rescue units and United Hatzalah of Israel.

The volunteers began making their way to Miami to provide assistance to the Jewish community there when they received a request for help from the Buckingham Nursing Home in Savannah, Georgia. The delegation quickly arrived at the nursing home and replaced the local staff who were stuck in the storm and could not reach the home.

Damages from Hurricane Irma in Florida Photo Credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

"I'm now 100 years old and I am here at Buckingham to sit out the hurricane," said Yatta Turk. "We have these people who came from Israel to help us and we do need help here right now so it's wonderful."

Meanwhile, approximately 6 million homes and businesses across Florida and 200,000 across Georgia have been left without electricity. Reports in the US are estimating that the emergency budget for handling the damages caused by Hurricane Harvey and Irma will stand at approximately 290 billion dollars and will take a very long time.

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