Tornado devastates Fort Lauderdale as storms move across Florida

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A tornado tore through Fort Lauderdale, Florida, damaging boats and downing power lines on Saturday.

According to the National Weather Service office in Miami, officials received multiple phone calls and social media reports about a tornado near Federal Highway around 5:50 p.m. ET.

The NWS issued a tornado warning for the storm about 5 minutes before the tornado was reported.

Fort Lauderdale officials said in a Facebook post that no injuries have been reported and that damage caused by the storm appears to be minor.

A New York couple was in South Florida to cheer on the Buffalo Bills when they received a tornado warning alert on their cell phones.

Moments later, they witnessed the tornado pass through a residential area and a marina and captured the entire event on video.

A three-hour radar loop showing where showers and thunderstorms are occurring.

Severe thunderstorm warnings are indicated in yellow.

Tornado warnings are indicated in red, while tornado warnings with a confirmed tornado are indicated in purple.

A tornado tore through Fort Lauderdale, Florida, damaging boats and downing power lines on Saturday. FOX Weather

Flash flood warnings are indicated in green, while flash flood emergencies are indicated in pink.

“We were very happy with ourselves for missing the snow. Then we got more than we expected,” Meghan Collins told FOX Weather.

There were several reports of other severe weather conditions in the Sunshine State on Saturday, including funnel clouds, a waterspout and damaging wind gusts.

According to the National Weather Service office in Miami, officials received multiple phone calls and social media reports about a tornado near Federal Highway around 5:50 p.m. ET. FOX Weather

The highest storm wind gust ever reported was 52 mph near Pine Island.

The storms are associated with a cold front that is attached to a powerful Northeast Easter moving up the east coast this weekend.

The storm has created a mass of ice, snow and rain as it passes through the mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

Fort Lauderdale officials said in a Facebook post that no injuries have been reported and that damage from the storm appears to be minor. FOX Weather

More severe weather conditions are possible in Florida in the coming days as another powerful storm moves across the eastern half of the country.

An NWS team is expected to conduct a damage survey on Sunday to determine the strength and track of the tornado.





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