VIDEO: Florida tornado rips through homes hitting buildings and destroying power cables

Monday 8 January 2024

A tornado ripped through downtown Fort Lauderdale in south Florida on Saturday evening, sending sparks flying after hitting buildings and power cables.

Video shows the tornado approaching and moving swiftly across a residential area and marina. When it rolled over some buildings, large fireballs of green sparks and flames flew in the air.

No injuries have been reported, and whilst some power lines were downed, the damage from the storm appeared to be minor, Fort Lauderdale officials said in social media post.

Fort Lauderdale's mayor said that utility crews were working to restore power to the region. According to damage survey conducted in the aftermath, the tornado had max winds of 80 mph.

When the tornado rolled over some buildings, large fireballs of green sparks and flames flew in the air.

The tornado came amid a stormy weekend in south Florida and officials issued a tornado warning across Broward County minutes before the twister was spotted, local media reported.

There were several reports of other severe weather across the Sunshine State, including funnel clouds, a water spout and damaging wind gusts.

More severe weather is possible in Florida in the coming days as another powerful storm moves across the eastern half of the United States.

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