Several mobile homes damaged in Davie, Pembroke Pines as Hurricane Ian nears Category 5 strength

DAVIE, Fla. – Several homes at a Davie mobile home park were badly damaged by a possible tornado as Hurricane Ian strengthened into an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm on Wednesday morning.

Local 10 News spoke with residents at the Sunshine Village Mobile Home Park in the 13000 block of Fifth Street in Davie.

Ivan Mendoza, a Sunshine Village Mobile Home resident, spoke with Local 10 news and described the moment he and his 4 family members woke up in their Davie home that was violently shaking.

“My daughter came out crying— my niece came out crying,” said Mendoza.

Mendoza said he and his kids got tornado alerts on their phones around 2 a.m. on Tuesday and felt the immediate impact.

“Not even 20 seconds later we were feeling it already inside the house so there was no time to react,” said Mendoza. “It was just everybody get together and that’s it.”

Almost every homeowner in the area told Local 10′s Saira Anwar that the storm left them without power.

Sky 10 was seen flying above the scene on Wednesday morning as residents took inventory of the damage trying to figure out if anyone still has electricity.

The Tuesday night twister uprooted trees, street signs, fences and damaged several homes in the area of Northwest 87th avenue and Pasadena Blvd in Pembroke Pines.

Pembroke Pines homeowner Sean Hivon told with Local 10 News that his house sustained extensive damage from the effects of Hurricane Ian.

“Parts of the roof is gone, our backyard is fully destroyed, my dock on my backyard is fully gone,” said Hivon.

Rob Harvey was in his home on Northwest 87th Avenue when he suddenly searched for safety inside an interior bathroom.

“I was on my bed looking at my computer when my phone went off saying there was a tornado alert. I barely got to my front door, and all of sudden all hell broke loose,” Harvey said. “When they say something about the freight train, oh, take it to the bank.

Davie Police were on scene Wednesday morning assessing the damage and speaking with neighbors.

“So the tornado uprooted part of this tree here it actually belongs to the next-door neighbor as you can see it busted through this fence, came to this neighbor’s home a part of it is actually in the pool right now, Hivon said.

Crews were seen Wednesday morning working to restore power to the affected homes in Davie.

In Pembroke Pines, the power was restored around 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

“It’s like you’re inside an airplane with the motor next to you,” said Mendoza. “That’s what you heard— Turbulence.”

According to officials, no one was reported as injured in the storm’s aftermath.


About the Authors:

Saira Anwer joined the Local 10 News team in July 2018. Saira is two-time Emmy-nominated reporter and comes to South Florida from Madison, Wisconsin, where she was working as a reporter and anchor.

Sanela Sabovic joined Local 10 News in September 2012 as an assignment editor and associate producer. In August 2015, she became a full-time reporter and fill-in traffic reporter. Sanela holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications with a concentration in radio, television and film from DePaul University.