Severe storms ravage South Florida for second consecutive day

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - Severe winds, rain and lightning strikes have ravaged South Florida and caused traffic delays for the second consecutive day.

A street flood advisory had been issued for southern parts of Miami-Dade County until 6:45 p.m., which has since expired.

Florida Power and Light officials said they are reporting approximately 1,800 homes are without power, with around 1,700 of those in Miami-Dade County.

7News cameras captured a downed pole near Southwest 57th Terrace and 116th Avenue.

FPL crews could also be seen working to restore power in the area after reports of downed lines.

Donna Locasio said she was in her car when the storms came through.

“It’s a little more than what I would like to handle,” Locasio said. “I’m in my car and stuff is flying, and I’m trying to figure out where to hide in my car.”

7News cameras captured slow-moving traffic along Northeast Second Avenue in Miami Shores around 4 p.m., Monday.

Cellphone video from Doral and Southwest Miami-Dade show heavy winds, lightning strikes and debris flying in the wind.

Yissel Herrouet said she hunkered down as the storms passed over.

“We tried to find the safest place and hope that nothing bad happens,” Herrouet said.

A tractor-trailer also overturned on the Florida Turnpike near Northwest 41st Street around 3 p.m., causing heavy delays.

A video posted to Only in Dade captured the truck overturning because of the high winds. That scene has since cleared.

Meanwhile, Miami International Airport has reported 12 flight delays and 20 cancellations because of the storms. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport has reported 94 flight delays and 10 cancellations.

A group of friends driving home from school saw their windshield shattered because of a flying tree branch.

“We were all kinda freaking out,” Anthony Casanola said. “The wind started cycling around us, and trees were falling and stuff. At some point, the windshield went completely white, and that’s when the palm hit the windshield and smashed it.”

A 7News viewer captured an overturned outdoor storage container near Southwest Second Street and 117th Avenue.

Several Southwest Miami-Dade neighborhoods also saw some light flooding.

Visibility in the Kendall area at one point dropped to as low as two miles.

Drivers are advised to avoid driving unless necessary and to take precautions.

Travelers are asked to check with their airline regarding their flight status.

Some residents on Southwest 57th Terrace said FPL told them that power would not be restored until early Tuesday morning.

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