In Tallahassee, a Hardee County sheriff's deputy was leaving her shift and a state corrections on his way to his shift, collided head-on into each other and died in the crash, according to a report by the Miami Herald.A third person died in a single vehicle crash in Orange County at about 7 p.m.
TECO Energy said Sunday people dressed as utility workers have been knocking on doors, then robbing whoever answers at gunpoint.
Further up the coast, cities such as Tampa were predicted to experience a storm surge of between 1 to 3 feet.
Initially, authorities worried the storm surge could reach as high as 12 feet.
Meanwhile, more than 3 million of the state's utility customers are now without power.
Florida Light and Power spokesman Rob Gould said they can't put workers on the streets yet, but more than 17,000 utility workers from across the country were positioned around the state ahead of the storm, and ready to move when the storm relents.
In his tweet, Rubio appealed to get more diesel or for electric service to be restored.