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Hermine kills Fla. man when tree falls on him

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Posted at 9:17 AM, Sep 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-02 12:29:13-04

CARRABELLE, Fla. (AP) -   Gov. Rick Scott says a homeless man died in north Florida when a tree fell on him as winds from Hermine whipped across the state.

Speaking at a news conference, the governor said he was informed of the fatality Friday morning by Marion County Sheriff Emery Gainey.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports the man was apparently sleeping in a tent behind Diamond Oil near Ocala when the tree fell on him.

Capt. Chip Wildly, director of Marion County's emergency management agency, says the man's body was discovered around 7:35 a.m. Friday by people who were reporting to work. No further details were immediately available.

 

The governor says no other deaths or major injuries have been reported.

Hermine was the first hurricane to hit Florida in more than a decade when it came ashore early Friday as a Category 1 storm.

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