Tornado damage in Indiantown, Broward after buildings left in ruins

Tornado confirmed in Indiantown, Broward

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INDIANTOWN, Fla. -- The National Weather Service confirmed that tornadoes touched down Tuesday night in both Martin and Indian River counties. Both measured as E-F0 storms.

The storm that hit a Vero Shores neighborhood had a wind speed of 65 mph, while the storm that moved through north of Indiantown packed winds of 80-85 mph.

The Indiantown storm destroyed the local VFW Post 6023. The post is holding fundraisers Friday night and all day Saturday at their location off Morgan Road just off state road 609.

Martin County Fire Rescue found one residential structure with moderate damage, a pole barn behind the residence destroyed, and the neighboring Indiantown Veterans of Foreign Wars lodge with extensive damage.

Cattle fences in the area were also damaged, according to Martin County Fire Rescue.

No injuries were reported.

Florida Power and Light Co. reported that as of 6 a.m. Wednesday, there were 600 customers still without power in Martin County, 110 in St. Lucie County and 50 in Indian River County.

In Broward County, a tornado left a 2 mile-long trail of damage.

Plantation Fire Battalion Chief Joel Gordon said Wednesday that the quarter-mile-wide debris trail has "all the classic signs" a tornado. That was later confirmed by the National Weather Service which gave the twister a preliminary rating of EF-2.

The tornado struck Plantation and Sunrise late Tuesday, twisting trees, tossing cars and damaging about two dozen homes.

Several trailers were destroyed and several homes lost roofs.

No serious injuries were reported.

The Associated Press and Elliott Jones, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers contributed to this report.

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