2 killed as Tropical Storm Nicole soaks parts of Florida
Public safety departments are warning their communities about flooding and other hazards
By Cristóbal Reyes
CONWAY, Fla. — Two people were killed Thursday morning as Tropical Storm Nicole passed over Central Florida after a downed power line in the Conway neighborhood electrocuted them, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies and firefighters arrived around 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of Bayview Parkway and Pershing Avenue, where a man was found dead after making contact with the power line after he got out of his car, an OCSO spokesperson said in an unsigned statement.
A woman traveling with him was also electrocuted and later died at a hospital. No other injuries were reported.
The two victims are the first reported deaths as Nicole continued its way through Florida on Thursday.
“We are urging all of our residents and visitors to use extreme caution if they are outside in the wake of the storm today,” read the agency’s statement. “Never touch a downed power line. If you are driving and see a downed power line, change directions immediately.”