The first fringes of winds, rain and tornadoes that come with Hurricane Ian reached Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties on Tuesday night, and gave a nasty taste of what might be coming Wednesday.
▪ Social media photos and videos showed a tornado moving through West Miami-Dade, picking up and dumping trees in areas around and just north of Flagler Street and west of 82nd Avenue.
these were sent from a friend down in the Coral Lakes Neighborhood of Miami… also sent pictures of shingles and awnings blown all over the street. pic.twitter.com/HNnblXKOqT
— Jonathan Marcus (@JonathanMMarcus) September 28, 2022
▪ Cooper City in Southwest Broward reported at least two tornadoes had touched down, ripping up foliage before leaving.
A mobile home park, Sunshine Village, was damaged.
▪ Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport reported that a tornado passed over North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines Tuesday night. Broward Mayor Michael Udine said Wednesday that 30 planes and the main building were damaged.
Udine said Port Everglades experienced tropical storm force winds up to 60 miles per hour, but that didn’t halt operations or interfere with fuel truck traffic.
“No injuries. No loss of life,” said the mayor. “But we encourage residents to stay inside today and off the roads.”
Delray Beach area
▪ Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said answering a 911 call from a woman trapped in her bathroom brought them to the damage done by a “possible tornado” in the Kings Point area, west of Delray Beach. PBCFR said they rescued the woman, took two people to the hospital and used high water vehicles to evacuate 30 people.
Whatever hit the area flipped over cars and damaged roofs either directly or by blowing objects into them, such as tree trunks.
All Douglas Road traffic lights north of Pines Boulevard are out, Pines police announced just after noon Wednesday. This will be an FPL repair job.
The light at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Sheridan Street is also out. Drivers are reminded that if the intersection light is out and no traffic cop is present, by-the-book driving says treat the intersection like a four-way stop.
Electricity in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach
▪ As of 1 p.m. Wednesday, FPL’s Power Tracker map reported 21,790 customers in Miami-Dade, 11,660 in Broward, and 7,470 in Palm Beach were without power. Those numbers went down for Palm Beach, up for Miami-Dade and Broward Palm Beach from the noon update.
Miami Herald Staff Writer Chuck Rabin contributed to this report.