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Two killed by power line downed during Tropical Storm Nicole

Flooded cabbage palms dot the submerged shoreline of Lake Jesup as water remains high north of the S.R. 417 bridge, Monday, November 7, 2022, in Lake Mary, Fla. The water levels in Seminole County remain historically high following the deluge from Hurricane Ian at the end of September, with more flooding concerns for the area as a subtropical storm system approaches the Florida peninsula later this week. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel)

Tony Marrero

Tampa Bay Times


Two people in Orlando were electrocuted by a downed live power line Thursday morning as Tropical Storm Nicole moved through the area, deputies said.

Deputies responded to the intersection of Bayfront Parkway and Pershing Avenue in the Conway neighborhood and found a man unresponsive, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. The man came into contact with a live power line after he got out of his vehicle and died at the scene, the Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post.

A woman traveling with the man was also shocked and taken to a local hospital, where she died, the post said.

The post did not identify the people.

“We are urging all of our residents and visitors to use extreme caution if they are outside in the wake of the storm today,” the post said. “Never touch a downed power line. If you are driving and see a downed power line, change directions immediately. Anyone who sees downed power lines or any other hazard is urged to call 911 so we can work with our partners to address the danger.”

The deaths appear to be the first reported fatalities linked to Nicole, which made landfall Thursday morning as a hurricane and moved across the Florida peninsula.

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