2 Tornadoes Touched Down In Broward, Miami-Dade Counties, National Weather Service Confirms
After a morning of severe weather and traffic nightmares, the National Weather Service in Miami confirmed that two tornadoes touched down in Broward and Miami-Dade counties on Tuesday, Feb. 16.
UPDATE: Feb. 17 -- On Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service also confirmed a third tornado. An EF-0, with winds near 80 mph, touched down near Davie at 7:05 a.m.
Officials with the organization completed two surveys and concluded that an EF1 tornado touched down in the Pompano Beach area around 7:15 a.m.
About 30 to 45 minutes later, another tornado, also rated as an EF1, touched down east of SunLife Stadium.
An EF1 tornado can produce winds from 86 to 110 mph. Both South Florida tornadoes were estimated to be in the 90 to 95 mph range.
During a news conference Tuesday afternoon, National Weather Service meteorologist Robert Molleda said more details will become available after the team sits down to assess the information a little more closely.
He added that powerful winds that were not necessarily tornadic contributed to damage caused in the area.
Surveillance video of windy conditions in a Miramar neighborhood began making the rounds on social media Tuesday morning, with many speculating the footage captured a tornado passing through.
WSVN 7 News also shared footage of a driver whose dashcam captured a scary scene in Pompano.
TORNADO CAUGHT ON CAMERA: A dash cam captured an EF-1 tornado striking Pompano Beach this morning. https://t.co/p6T9ssFDfS— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) February 16, 2016
Here are some photos from our readers:
Fort Lauderdale Beach, submitted by Karen Ncsu
Fort Lauderdale Beach, submitted by Mike Kurowski
Harbour Inlet Fort Lauderdale, submitted by Shirley Berman
Top image via Twitter/NWS Tornado Warnings