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3 Dead As Hurricane Irma Batters Florida



  1. Hurricane Irma hit the southern Florida islands today
  2. More than one million homes are without power
  3. Around 6.3 million people in Florida were told to evacuate

Three people in Florida, including a sheriff’s deputy, have been killed in car crashes as Hurricane Irma closed in with high winds and lashing rain, officials said Sunday.

Deputy Julie Bridges, 42, died in a head-on collision in Hardee County, east of Sarasota, early Sunday, Sheriff Arnold Lanier told AFP.

“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.

The roads were “wet and windy,” he added, noting that Bridges was the mother of a young son and had worked for the sheriff’s department for 13 years.

The other driver, a corrections officer on his way to work in a private vehicle, was also killed, Lanier said.

The third fatality was a man who died Saturday near Key West when his truck slammed into a tree, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

The truck was carrying a generator, ABC News reported.

The exact cause of the crash was not immediately known.

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