Reports of possible tornado in Tequesta

Torrential rain, flooding reported across region

TEQUESTA, Fla. - The National Weather Service is investigating reports of a possible tornado in the Tequesta area Friday evening.

Martin County Fire Rescue was dispatched to the 9400 block of Southeast Island Place shortly after 6:30 p.m. and found power lines on the ground and a small fire.

Florida Power & Light was called to the scene, removed the electrical lines and began restoring power to an estimated 40 homes that were in the dark. Four utility poles were knocked to one side, but later moved upright by FPL crews. No injuries were reported.

A few miles south in Juno Beach, U.S. Highway 1 was flooded in both directions after torrential rain moved through the area. The severe weather caught many drivers by surprise. 

"Driving along, hit the 'puddle of death', and I hydro-locked," said Daniel Garland who was attempting to drive home to Jupiter. Garland's small sedan was no match for the one puddle, which was about a foot deep, he estimated.  "My intake sucked in water and engines don't run off water."

Drivers on Interstate 95 also ran into trouble throughout Palm Beach County. 

"Just trying to get home," said Leo Garcia of Palm City.  "My headlight's out. I hit one of the big puddles back there," he said.  Garcia pulled off the roadway to a Juno Beach gas station to fix his headlight and wait for the dangerous conditions to pass.  "You wind up sliding all over the place and you've got puddles like the only down the road their and people end stalling out," he said.

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