Three dead as Hurricane Irma batters Florida

Three dead as Hurricane Irma batters Florida

Hurricane Irma has claimed the lives of four Florida residents, just hours after it made landfall in Cudjoe Key as a Category 4 storm.

A sheriff's deputy in Central Florida was one of two people killed after she was involved in a auto crash while gathering supplies for a shelter opened up for Hurricane Irma evacuees.

"She had been working in a shelter all night, and ran home to get some supplies", when the crash occurred at 6:45 am (1045 GMT), he said.

Deputy Julie Bridges, 42, of the Hardee County Sheriff's Office and Sergeant Joseph Ossman, 53, who worked for the Florida Department of Corrections, died in the crash early Sunday morning, authorities said. She was planning on returning to work another shift this morning when she was killed.

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The driver of other vehicle, whose name has not been released, was an employee of the Florida Department of Corrections. The vehicles hit each other head-on. Further details about what happened have not been released.

Hardee Correctional Institution - near Wauchula, east of Bradenton - was not among the prisons the state evacuated in advance of Hurricane Irma, FDOC said.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, visibility was low and it was raining at the time of the accident. Courtesy of MSNBC and YouTube.

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