Stormy weather experienced across South Florida

Posted at 5:34 PM, Feb 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-16 17:46:52-05

Windy, stormy weather was experienced throughout South Florida Tuesday morning.

While many people were getting ready for work, there was a tornado watch for several hours and at one point a tornado warning for part of Palm Beach County.

"It was pretty rough," said Victor Lopez, who was visiting his sister in Lake Worth from New Jersey.

Their mother, Catherine, somehow slept through the storm that traveled through the area.

"I sleep through anything," she said.

The winds were so strong through the Lake Worth community near Military Trail and Hypoluxo Road that part of the fence broke apart.

In West Palm Beach, residents also experienced very strong winds.

The winds were so strong that many trees were snapped in half throughout the city. Even railroad crossing arms had to be replaced because they broke in half.

"We've never had an experience like this come so close to us," said Jack Cook, who lives near Cardinal Newman High School.

He and his wife slept through the storm, but woke up to see a surprising sight in his driveway.

"It was quite a rude awakening when we came out to get the newspaper," he said.

Jack's tree, which had been there for several decades, broke off into pieces.

City workers cleaned up the mess Tuesday afternoon and will take down the tree on Wednesday.

Luckily, Jack said, his car and home were spared from any damage.