Miami-bound flights diverted to PBIA due to bad weather

Posted at 8:34 PM, Aug 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-03 07:04:38-04

(WPTV/AP) Several flights at the Miami International Airport were delayed or canceled Tuesday after lightning struck the Federal Aviation Administration tower.

An American Airlines representative said 38 Miami-bound flights had to be rerouted, 15 of those to PBIA, because of rough weather.

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FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen tells local media that lightning hit the airport's tower around 7:30 p.m., affecting some radio frequencies and phone lines. The radar kept operating, and the phone lines and frequencies have since been restored.

According to the Miami International Airport's website, there were 59 delays and 10 cancelations.

Florida Power and Light reported 14,371 power outages in Miami-Dade County and 1,722 in Broward County.

By 10 p.m. Tuesday, planes were landing and taking off again from Miami.