Flooding closes roads, tornado hits in Boca Raton

SunFest to proceed as scheduled

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - UPDATE: A team from the National Weather Service confirms that a tornado touched down Thursday afternoon in the 3000 block of North Federal Highway in Boca Raton.

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Heavy rain and wind have caused numerous problems in southern Palm Beach County.

American Heritage of Boca Delray will be closed May 3rd due to severe flooding, a school spokesperson said.

A possible tornado may have touched down in the 3000 block of North Federal Highway in Boca Raton.

Several YouReporters reported damage to a homeowner's roof in the area.

NewsChannel 5's Dan Corcoran discovered damage to the Bike America store at 3150 North Federal Highway and a neighboring dentist office.

"We saw things flying, we obviously got away from the windows... that was it, the building shook," said Cari Perillo who works at the dentist office.

Police put an 'unsafe structure' sign on the office due to the damage.

Workers at the bike store said it sounded like a freight train. Outside the windows they say it turned white and they heard a loud noise and then a sign was blown off a pole.

"Without warning ... something just swept over us. Just a white cloud of, you know, whatever it was. It looked like a tornado," says Bike of America employee Taylor Godsey.

Branches from a nearby tree were blown into the parking lot of a patio store.

No injuries were reported.

Delray Beach Fire Rescue said Engine 4 rescued 10 High Point residents who were trapped in their cars. Some of the vehicles had water as high as the glove compartments.

Westbound lanes of Clint Moore Road were closed around 2 p.m. after several inches of rain fell and vehicles became stuck.

Police also closed NW 2nd at 35th in Boca Raton due to high water.

The Palm Beach County School District reported it experienced some delays for school dismissals and bus transportation throughout the county due to the weather.

Tri-Rail continues to experience one-hour delays because of an accident earlier this afternoon and also because the trains have to go slower than normal, according to spokeswoman Bonnie Arnold.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue has been receiving reports of flooding in areas south of Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. The department has established a regional command team to accommodate the increase in calls for assistance from stranded motorists.

Several dozen flights into and out of Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport are being impacted by the weather.

WSVN has tweeted that the northbound US-1 entrance to Fort Lauderdale International is closed due to flooding.

Palm Beach International Airport reports no weather-related delays.

Despite the rain SunFest will proceed as scheduled tonight.

According to the South Florida Water Management District, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach received  rainfall this afternoon of up to 10 inches in a 3-hour period.

Power outages have also been reported in several South Florida counties.

As of 4:55 pm-- power outages according to FPL:

700 in Palm Beach County

10 in Martin County

600 in Miami-Dade County

1,400 in Broward County

 

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