A tornado was reported in South Florida on Saturday, with some footage captured by Local 10 viewers, according to News 6 partner WPLG. The tornado formed over land and touched down just west of Las Olas and the Intracoastal Waterway shortly before 6 p.m., as confirmed by Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue.
Authorities stated that the tornado made contact with several structures, power lines, and marine vessels in the immediate area before swiftly moving eastward and eventually reaching the ocean, thus no longer affecting the land or the Intracoastal.
Multiple observers took to social media, sharing cellphone videos of the tornado moving over the water at Fort Lauderdale Beach, showcasing different angles of the phenomenon. The National Weather Service issued a tornado alert around 5:45 p.m., with reports and radar indicating that the tornado was spotted near Federal Highway and Las Olas Boulevard.
Local 10 viewers reported witnessing power flashes and strong winds in the area. Todd Sabata sent cellphone footage to Local 10 News, capturing the tornado’s path east of downtown Fort Lauderdale.
Fortunately, no injuries have been reported as a result of the storm as of Saturday evening. A Local 10 News crew was present in Fort Lauderdale to assess the aftermath of the storm, revealing downed trees in some areas. However, no significant damage caused by the tornado was apparent.
Fire rescue crews are currently evaluating the minor damage in the area. A Local 10 viewer recorded a video showing a bowed-out fence, a downed powerline, and a massive uprooted tree near Southeast 25th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.
Local authorities are advising residents to exercise caution due to debris and downed power lines. The extent of power outages remains uncertain at this time. Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis shared a video on Instagram, displaying the damage inflicted on his boat by the tornado. Local 10 News has reached out to his office for comment.
Earlier in the evening, at just before 6 p.m., the City of Fort Lauderdale experienced a tornado that formed over land and touched down just west of Las Olas, near the Intracoastal Waterway. As the tornado gained strength, it made contact with some structures, power lines, and… – Mayor Dean J. Trantalis (@DeanTrantalis) January 7, 2024
In conclusion, a tornado swept through Fort Lauderdale, South Florida, causing minimal damage to structures and power lines. Fortunately, there have been no reported injuries resulting from the storm. Local authorities are urging caution due to debris and downed power lines, while residents are advised to stay vigilant. The situation is being closely monitored as cleanup and assessment efforts continue in the affected areas.