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5 tornadoes touched down in Miami-Dade, Broward and the Florida Keys, officials say

If Sunday’s thunderstorms and high gusts of wind made you feel like a twister was whizzing by, you may have been right.

The National Weather Service in Miami and Key West confirmed Monday that five tornadoes touched down in South Florida over Presidents’ Day weekend.

Specific locations ranged from as far south as Cudjoe Key in the Lower Keys to as far north as Oakland Park in Broward County. The severe weather left some damage behind but no deaths or injuries.

In a post shared on X, formerly Twitter, Miami’s weather service officials said they reviewed storm data in addition to surveying social media and the grounds extensively, ultimately concluding that the tornadoes occurred.

A tornado damaged trees in the area of Cooper City, Davie and Plantation, Florida, on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024.
A tornado damaged trees in the area of Cooper City, Davie and Plantation, Florida, on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024.

Tornado hits south Miami-Dade

The first in mainland South Florida touched down at 2:57 p.m. Sunday on Krome Avenue in south Miami-Dade County, causing some damage to vegetation there.

Meteorologists couldn’t immediately determine its rating on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, or EF Scale, which experts use to rate a tornado’s wind speed and related damage. They also could not immediately calculate its estimated peak winds, path length or maximum width.

Strong waves crash on the beach as people visit the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk on Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, in Hollywood, Fla. After strong winds and rain showered parts of South Florida on Sunday, the temperature dipped into the mid-60s Monday morning.
Strong waves crash on the beach as people visit the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk on Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, in Hollywood, Fla. After strong winds and rain showered parts of South Florida on Sunday, the temperature dipped into the mid-60s Monday morning.

Three tornadoes touch down in Broward

The second tornado arrived about 20 minutes later at 3:20 p.m., hitting in Broward, namely Miramar and Pembroke Pines.

Meteorologists calculated its EF rating at 0, meaning it generated three-second gusts of winds as fast as 65-85 miles per hour. They also put its peak winds at 75 miles per hour and its noncontinuous path at just over 3.5 miles.

The phenomenon was as wide as 100 yards, the weather experts added, and it toppled some tree branches and uprooted some trees entirely.

Cole Shaffer, Rebekah Shaffer and their mom, Stacey Shaffer, make their way down the beach as they visit the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk on Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, in Hollywood, Fla. After strong winds and rain showered parts of South Florida on Sunday, the temperature dipped into the mid-60s Monday morning.
Cole Shaffer, Rebekah Shaffer and their mom, Stacey Shaffer, make their way down the beach as they visit the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk on Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, in Hollywood, Fla. After strong winds and rain showered parts of South Florida on Sunday, the temperature dipped into the mid-60s Monday morning.

The third tornado also took place at 3:33 p.m. in Broward, this time near Cooper City, Davie and Plantation. Its path also lasted about 3.4 miles, but its maximum width was larger, at 350 yards. It was also rated an EF-0 tornado and its peak winds came at 80 miles per hour. The third also affected some trees.

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The fourth tornado happened at 3:55 p.m., a bit farther north in Broward at Oakland Park. Witnesses told meteorologists they saw a tornado “flipping several cars” in a residential neighborhood. Experts could not immediately determine its EF rating, peak winds, path length or max width.

Water spout turns into tornado in the Florida Keys

A water spout turned into a tornado in the Lower Keys, according to the National Weather Service in Key West.

The wind funnel was captured on video as it moved through Cudjoe Bay.

“A confirmed tornado moved across Cudjoe Key through the Torch Keys today,” the weather agency said Sunday.

It was not immediately known when the tornado made landfall nor its EF rating, but a report should be available soon.