*NWS confirmed that an EF-1 tornado touched down in Plantation this morning. Peak winds were at 95 mph and it traveled 4.75 miles. It was about 50 yards wide. The tornado lasted about 9 minutes, starting at 1:18 am running through 1:27 am. Preliminary reports have come in stating that it began near Shenandoah Park at the corner of SW 148th Ave and SW 14th St where a trailer was flipped. It traveled a northeast path through Rock Hill Ave, West Park Blvd and all the way to University Dr. The main damage location was in Plantation at NW 7th St and NW 6th Place where we had the initial reports of the large uprooted trees blocking streets and toppled over vehicles near Nob Hill Road.
Cold front moved through last night triggering tornado warnings for Broward county around 1:27 am with strong storms moving through the area. We have had several wind gust reports that came in and one of wind damage as several downed trees are blocking streets across parts of Nob Hill Road in Plantation. There have been no reports of structural damage and every report has been confined to that one location. The National Weather Service of Miami currently has a survey team on site to thoroughly inspect the damage and determine if it was just straight line winds or tornado related. We will keep you posted with the latest!
By the afternoon, winds will be picking up out of the north-northwest and as a reinforcing cold front will filter in cold air. Temperatures are forecast to tumble into the low to middle 50’s overnight, so make sure to take out the layers South Florida. Have them with you through Friday.
Over the weekend, temperatures bounce back to seasonal values.
Have a great day South Florida and make it a safe one!
Meteorologist, AMS Certified
WSVN Channel 7