ORLANDO — Hurricane Dorian is blamed for three Orange County deaths, though the tropical cyclone never officially made it here.
The deaths Monday included a man who had evacuated to a Disney resort with his family from a nearby city because of Dorian, officials said Wednesday.
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings reported the other two deaths Wednesday at his final storm briefing at the county’s emergency operations center. All three victims were listed as hurricane-related.
As part of its public health response to hurricanes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention collects data on hurricane-related deaths.
Deputies responded to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort at 4:43 p.m., according to Orange County spokeswoman Jane Watrel. The Reedy Creek Fire Department transported the man to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Dr. Joshua Stephany, medical examiner for Orange and Osceola counties, determined the deaths to be hurricane-related but couldn’t immediately provide details.
Watrel said the death at Disney was recorded as hurricane-related because it met CDC guidelines for inclusion.
The other two victims were making hurricane preparations, officials said.
An Ocoee man, 55, died after he fell 15 feet from a tree while trying to cut branches with a chainsaw at his home, an Ocoee firefighter said.
A 62-year-old man apparently died from a heart attack while making hurricane preparations at his home.
Orange County sheriff’s deputies were summoned to the home about 8 p.m. after a family member found the man dead in the yard.
Neither victim was identified.
“For those families, our prayers certainly go out to them for the loss of their loved ones,” said Demings, who was sheriff for a decade before he was elected mayor.
Dorian also was blamed for at least seven deaths in the northern Bahamas, including an 8-year-old boy.