Tree falls on Pompano Beach home, Coral Springs apartment building evacuated amid Broward flooding – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports


POMPANO BEACH, FL. (WSVN) – Heavy rains and high winds from a tropical system that swept through Florida wreaked havoc in Broward County, leaving some residents literally picking up the pieces.

Sudden gusts of wind knocked down a tree on a mobile home near McNab Road and Dixie Highway in Pompano Beach early Saturday morning.

For Jovanna Hernandez and her loved ones who were inside at one point, it was a chilling call.

“The tree fell so fast that she didn’t have a chance to close the door in the back,” she said. “I was inside with my baby. We were out front, then we heard like the house started shaking, then we heard this big crash.

Hernandez and his family came out to see what was causing the deafening noise.

“We came running in the back and my mum came in screaming because she was scared,” she said.

Tree branches crushed metal walls and windows, leaving the family homeless.

Hernandez’s trailer was far from the only structure deemed unsafe as a result of the weather.

City of Coral Springs officials said a six-unit apartment building along the 7800 block of Northwest 39th Yard was evacuated due to heavy rain.

Officials said all residents have found temporary accommodation with family or friends for the time being.

On the roads, Broward drivers encountered floodwaters and stranded cars.

7News cameras captured slow-moving vehicles near Northeast Sixth Avenue and Prospect Road in Oakland Park as drivers who ignored signs warning them not to enter sent waves into nearby businesses.

Further west in Tamarac, homes along Northwest 50th Street were surrounded by standing water.

“It’s like that every year. It’s not as bad as it has been in recent years, but it’s still pretty bad,” said a woman who lives in the area.

Cars broke down in a Hollywood neighborhood as sandbags lined nearby homes and residents waited for the floods to recede.

Back in Pompano Beach, Hernandez said she was grateful that she and her family were together as they considered their next step.

“Something like this comes so close, [my mother] is inside with his grandson enjoying life again,” she said.

It is not known where the family will sleep on Saturday night.

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