Pinoy opens hurricane-proof home to friends

Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Sep 13 2017 11:25 PM | Updated as of Sep 14 2017 05:35 AM

DAVIE, FLORIDA - A Filipino-American in Florida decided to make his home disaster proof, when Hurricane Irma put this home to the test.

Mario Magcalas' fortress can withstand 160 miles per hour, but Irma's sustained winds even reached speeds of up to 185 miles per hour.

“This house is so hurricane-proof that we actually don't hear much of the strong wind. We have to look out to see what's happening. We feel really safe and it’s fun to be with friends," Martin Childers.

Magcalas opened his home as a safe shelter to close friends, who are living near waters that were expected to see 10-feet-high storm surges.

"What we've doing is just eat, watch movies, watch the news and then cook. It’s so much fun. It’s like a reunion of all your friends," said Harold Dioquino.

Davie, Florida was spared from the brunt of the storm as Irma nudged to the west towards, Naples, Fort Myers, and Tampa.

“The most difficult thing is you don't know the unknown but what we know is what we can do today to prepare," said Josel Suarez.

For Magcalas, preparing for disasters is a state of mind.

"The lesson is we live in Florida, it’s gonna happen. You always have to get ready," Magcalas said.