Possible tornado touches down in Indian River County

About 5 homes in Midway Estates community damaged
Home damaged by possible tornado in Indian River County, Oct. 17, 2022
Posted at 8:46 PM, Oct 17, 2022

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. — The National Weather Service will assess whether a tornado touched down Monday evening in Indian River County, causing damage to several homes.

Indian River County Fire Rescue crews and deputies responded to the scene near the 400 block of 23rd Street Southwest.

Officials said about five homes in the Midway Estates mobile home community were severely damaged and 30 others had moderate to minor damages.

"The NWS will be out there in the morning to review the damage and state the strength and path and whether it was one or two or the same one touching down multiple times," WPTV First Alert Weather meteorologist James Weiland said.

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Pieces of metal from mobile homes were twisted and scattered around, but no injuries were reported.

"When I went back in the bedroom, when I first started hearing the commotion, the bedroom was shaking, the floor was shaking, and the walls were shaking," homeowner Melissa Mickalich said. "The hauling came even louder from the front of the building. When I looked outside in the front of the building, there were plenty of dumpsters flying over the trailer and I ducked, and that's when the whole floor started shaking and they were hitting the windows and we just stayed on the floor."

Tornado damage in Indian River County, Oct. 18, 2022
An EF0 tornado hit the Midway Estates community of Indian River County on Oct. 17, 2022.

Mickalich told WPTV she has no power or water but she is happy to be alive. She bought her home less than a year ago and hopes FEMA can help her recover.

Emergency crews and the American Red Cross will be at the scene to help those displaced residents.