NWS confirms EF1 tornado hit Broward County

Tornado packed winds of 95 mph
Posted at 8:11 AM, Mar 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-14 19:27:31-04

Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast escaped major storm damage overnight, but the same cannot be said for areas to our south.

Officials confirmed Tuesday morning that an EF1 tornado caused downed trees and damage overnight in central Broward County.


The tornado packed winds of 95 mph, was 50 yards wide and traveled a distance of 4.75 miles from Cooper City to Plantation.

A tornado warning was issued in the early hours of Tuesday for parts of Broward County as radar indicated a tornado struck in the area between Nob Hill Road and NW 6th Street through Cleary Blvd. and NW 98th Avenue.

"I started hearing the sirens from my phone go off, so I knew it was bad," said resident Brianna Gutierrez. "I saw a tornado warning in the Plantation area. I didn't expect his much damage so I'm a little shocked."

The tornado toppled trees onto cars and created quite a mess on all those roads, which continue to be cleared Tuesday morning. 

Portions of this article courtesy of our news partner at NBC Miami