Tornadoes leave extensive damage in Cooper City

COOPER CITY, Fla. – Multiple streets, neighborhoods and local businesses in Cooper City sustained extensive damage Tuesday night, and the damage will continue Wednesday as Hurricane Ian approaches a Category 5 storm.

The outer bands of Hurricane Ian left streets completely flooded and some roads blocked as trees continued to collapse from the multiple tornadoes that came through around 8 p.m. 19:30 Tuesday.

Local 10 viewer Jesus Rubio posted video Tuesday night of strong winds that hit the Publix at Sheridan Street and Pine Island Road near Brian Piccolo Park.

The video shows the damage sustained at the Publix in Cooper City after doors were ripped open, branches fell and water and debris were blown in.

By Wednesday morning, the same Publix had been cleaned up significantly, but you could see all the branches being cut and the work being done by crews that started early in the morning.

The shop is open on Wednesday.

Video taken by Local 10’s Ian Margol showed people wakeboarding as streets continued to flood in Cooper City Wednesday.

Local 10 spotted a family just a few blocks away from Publix who said the tornado went right through their yard.

Cooper City resident Chris Heywang told Local 10 News the tornado cut through his family’s property.

“When we got here and pulled up the driveway, we couldn’t see the house because of all the trees that were down in front of the house, we got a little worried,” Heywang said.

Surveillance video from a home on Darlington Place shows the moment just before 7:30 p.m. when the wind began to whip, sending trash cans flying, debris flying and tree limbs snapping like twigs.

Many residents of Cooper City are dealing with a few trees that fell on their homes, gates destroyed and the impacts of Hurricane Ian, which creates a lot of work for them to clean up.

“In my years, I’ve never seen damage in this neighborhood as extensive as this except for Hurricane Andrew,” Heywang said.

Officials say no injuries have been reported in the storm’s aftermath.

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