Naples man rides out Hurricane Irma with his dog, home destroyed around him

Survivor: I have no family, no where to go
Posted at 10:53 PM, Sep 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-12 22:53:19-04

Hurricane Irma was supposed to be a worse case scenario for the entire state of Florida.  It weakened and spared a lot of Floridians. But, not everyone was so lucky.

A majority of the mobile homes in the Naples Estates Mobile Home Park were damaged or destroyed.

“I have no family.  I don’t know what to do or where to go,” Charles Pulkownik said.  Pulkownik said he is partially deaf, disabled, and was told by a social worker handling his case someone would come pick him up and take him to a shelter.

“They never came,” Pulkownik said.  

Pulkownik said he rode out the storm with his dog Caesar, his home isn’t livable but he has to wait until the American Red Cross or local authorities can help him.  A representative with the Red Cross told ABC Action News they are mobilizing crews and working to get a response plan in place as soon as possible.  For now, Pulkownik said he is going to stay in his home with his faithful dog “Caesar.”

“It is, what it is,” Pulkownik said.  “Caesar and I survived I have no idea I have no idea where we are going or where we are staying we are in a very bad financial position and I don't have any family to help.”

Pulkownik’s neighbor’s home was also destroyed.

“I’m thankful that our lives were spared,” Olga Teakell said.  

Teakell said she just bought the home with her husband in December and did not have insurance.

“We were able to salvage some personal items, but that’s, all,” Teakell said.  “We just updated everything the cabinets, granite here, floors.”

People in the area reported seeing a tornado.  There are some homes, right next to homes that were completely destroyed, that suffered no damage.

It will be up to the National Weather Service to determine whether or not a tornado touched down.  As the storm made landfall in Naples it was considered a category 2 hurricane.

“The storm ravaged the Florida Keys as a Category 4 hurricane and was then downgraded to a category 2 as it made a second landfall in Naples with 105-mph winds and flooding.