Irma blamed for 3 deaths in Florida

Hardee County Deputy Julie Bridges and Sgt. Joseph Ossman of Florida Department of Corrections

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

Kerri Wyland, a spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Scott, told reporters a Hardee County sheriff's deputy was leaving their shift and, separately, a state corrections officer was traveling to start their's when their vehicles collided.

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"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hardee County Sheriff's Department, the Florida Department of Corrections and their families", FHP said in a statement. There were no other passengers in either vehicle.

She was leaving a hurricane shelter where she was assigned, and the Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash, the newspaper reported. Other details had not yet been released.

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The National Weather Service had issued a tornado warning and a severe thunderstorm warning for Hardee County at the time of the crash. An unnamed sergeant at the Hardee Correctional Institute also died.

"My heart goes out (to) their families and the entire law enforcement and correctional community".

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The third death occurred in Monroe County, Florida, on Saturday, when a driver lost control of his truck during high winds while transporting a generator, the news network reports.

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