Two storm-related deaths in St. Lucie County, fire rescue says

A woman also died in Volusia County
Posted at 7:52 AM, Oct 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-07 21:36:02-04

The St. Lucie Fire District said a 58-year-old woman suffered cardiac arrest overnight, the first local storm-related death from Hurricane Matthew.

An emergency call came in at 1:20 a.m. Friday after the district had suspended operations due to the storm.

The victim, whose name has not been released, did not live on a barrier island.

The district is considering this a storm-related death because emergency crews could not respond to the call.

Another call came in at 3:26 a.m. when emergency crews were unable to respond due to dangerous winds. An 82-year-old man ended up being taken to a hospital in a private vehicle.

That patient also died.

And a husband and wife were found unconscious insider their home by neighbors just after 7:30.

The St. Lucie County Fire District says the couple was running a generator inside their garage during the hurricane.

Both are hospitalized in critical condition.

There was also a third storm-related death in Florida.

Volusia County emergency management director Jim Judge says a tree fell on a woman's house in the county, which includes the city of Daytona Beach.

Judge says her family took her to a hospital, where she Family took her to hospital, where she died.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)