Reuters reported that Jeff Bush, 37, was in his bedroom Thursday night when the sinkhole suddenly swallowed him and the entire bedroom into the ground.
The sinkhole was estimated 20 feet across and 20 feet deep.
It caused the home’s concrete floor to cave in around 11 p.m. Thursday.
Fortunately five other people in the house were unharmed.
Bush’s brother Jeremy Bush jumped into the hole and tried to dig to find his brother but he could not find him.
He was rescued by Douglas Duvall of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office who pulled him out from the sinkhole.
The sinkhole is slowly growing and it was feared that the entire house could eventually falls into the unstable ground.
Engineers said the house may have to be demolished, even though from the outside the house seems to be alright.
They took soil samples and ran various tests and found that the entire lot was dangerous.
Reuters reported that,”Authorities had not detected any signs of life after lowering listening devices and cameras into the hole and rescue efforts were suspended after the site was deemed too unsafe for emergency personnel to enter”.
Two adjacent houses were evacuated and officials were considering further evacuations.
“This is not your typical sinkhole,” said Hillsborough County administrator Mike Merrill.
Florida is highly prone to sinkholes because there are caverns below ground of limestone, a porous rock that easily dissolves in water.
Hurricane Isaac crashed ashore in southeast Louisiana on Tuesday, bringing high winds and heavy rain.
Nearly 70,000 people in Louisiana were without electricity.
On Tuesday, some parts of Louisiana’s low-lying Plaquemines Parish were already flooded.
The effects of the large, slow moving storm have already been felt along the coast lines of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
Large storm surge caused flood in Louisiana and winds gusted to 99.7793 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour) in New Orleans.
On Tuesday morning, engineers closed the new floodgate at Lake Borgne, east of New Orleans, for the first time.
It is largest storm-surge barrier in the world.
Hurricane Isaac is predicted to hit New Orleans almost exactly seven years after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on August 29, 2005 killing more than 1,800 people and causing billions of dollars of damage.
People were urged to leave the low-lying areas in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana because the hurricane could flood towns and cities in, with a storm surge of up to 12 feet high!
Before turning into a hurricane, Tropical Storm Issac had already killed at least 23 people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.