Miami-Dade and Broward tornadoes confirmed as EF-1

Update 4 p.m. Two tornadoes that hit Miami-Dade and Broward Counties have been confirmed as EF-1 storms packing winds of between 86 mph and 110 mph.

2016 Florida tornadoes nearly three times above normal. 

Update 10:20 a.m. 

The National Weather Service is sending out two tornado survey teams to areas in Broward and Miami-Dade counties after reports of capsized boats, a tipped tractor-trailer truck on I-95 and roofs ripped off horse stables.

Most of the rains have moved off shore of Palm Beach County and skies should be clearing throughout the morning.

The National Weather Service has no reports of severe damage or tornadoes in Palm Beach County, but will be investigating two areas in southeast Broward County and northeast Miami-Dade County where a tornado may have touched down.


“Definitely storm damage,” said workers replacing railroad gates at Banyan Avenue and Tamarind Blvd in downtown West Palm Beach Tuesday morning, February 16, 2016. They said four gates were all broken in the same direction. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

According to the storm reports posted by the National Weather Service, motorcycles have been tossed around a Harley Davidson motorcycle shop in Miami-Dade County.

Update 7:24 a.m. Boca Raton and northeast Broward County are under a significant weather advisory as storms capable of producing funnel clouds move east at 30 mph.

Gusty winds between 45 mph and 55 mph are possible in areas that include Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Sunrise, Lighthouse Point and Deerfield Beach.

More than 4,000 homes scattered throughout Palm Beach County are without power this morning, Florida Power & Light reports.


Tree toppled along Flagler Drive in West PalmBeach.

No more than 120 homes in any given affected area — mainly suburban Boynton Beach, Royal Palm Beach, and Loxahatchee Groves – are experiencing outages, according to FPL’s online tracker.

Power is expected to be restored in most areas before 9:30 a.m.

Update 6:45 a.m.


The tornado warning has expired for Palm Beach County, but a watch is in effect until 8 a.m. and severe thunderstorms are still in the area.

A strong line of thunderstorms is heading east near West Palm Beach at 55 mph and the National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the area.

A warning means that the storm was spotted on Doppler radar and is imminent. The warning is in effect until 7:15 a.m.

Winds of more than 45 mph were recorded this morning at Palm Beach International Airport. The National Weather Service shows a gust of 48 mph at about 7 a.m.

Palm Beach County schools are open today, but buses are delayed.


A trained weather spotter has reported nickel-sized hail near Sunrise Blvd. in Broward County, while temperatures dropped nearly 10 degrees in less than an hour in West Palm Beach from 75 to 68 degrees.

Update 6 a.m.
A tornado warning has been issued for central Palm Beach County after forecasters spotted a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado near Lion Country Safari.

It is moving northeast at 35 mph.

A warning means a tornado has been spotted on radar or rotation has been indicated by radar.

Forecasters are asking that people seek shelter now. The Warning is in effect until 6:30 a.m.

The tornado watch is still in effect until 8 a.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a special weather advisory for inland Palm Beach County and a tornado watch for West Palm Beach.

The watch is in effect until 8 a.m and includes Jupiter, Boynton Beach, Boca Ratom, Wellington, Royal Palm Beach and Delray Beach.

The watch was issued after forecaster spotted a growing squall line over the eastern Gulf of Mexico at about 3 a.m.this morning moving east with wind gusts to 60 mph.

This line will move through South Florida through those morning hours, and is expected to move off the coast by early afternoon.

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