2 killed after being shocked by fallen power line in Orange County, Florida, deputies say

Update (Nov. 14): The Orange County Sheriff's Office has released the identities of the man and woman killed after coming into contact with a live power line in the wake of Hurricane Nicole. Authorities said Kahlil Malik Sapp, 23, and Kianna Shaundadrea Sapp, died. Both were siblings and shared the same birthday.

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Two people are dead after they were electrocuted by a fallen power line in Orange County Thursday morning. 

The incident reportedly happened in the area of Bayfront Parkway and Pershing Avenue around 9:30 a.m., as Tropical Storm Nicole battered the Central Florida area with strong winds and heavy rain.

According to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, deputies said the man had reportedly gotten out of a vehicle and touched the live power line. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities said a woman he was traveling with was also electrocuted. She was taken to a local hospital where she died of her injuries. There was also a baby in the car, who has been turned over to a family member.

"We are urging all of our residents and visitors to use extreme caution if they are outside in the wake of the storm today," a spokesperson for the sheriff's office said. "Never touch a downed power line. If you are driving and see a downed power line, change directions immediately."


Residents are urged to call 911 if they see downed power lines or any other hazards.