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On Monday, May 12, 1997, a tornado touched down in Miami, Fla. The tornado lasted from 1:53 p.m. – 2:08 p.m., causing 12 injuries and $525,000 worth of damages.
The cyclone garnered the names the 1997 Miami Tornado and the Great Miami Tornado because it looked like a scene out of a dystopian or apocalypse movie.
The tornado touched down around Silver Bluff Estates and then travelled right through Downtown Miami. Somehow, the twister missed the city's skyscrapers.
The funnel crossed the MacArthur and Venetian causeways, briefly touching a cruise ship. It momentary lifted from the water before touching down again in Miami Beach.
Tornadoes are not too rare in South Florida, but most are small and not nearly as haunting as this one.
The Great Miami Tornado was classified as an F1 on the Fujita scale. On paper, the low rating would conflict with the tornado's nickname, but the unbelievable coverage explains it all.
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