Tornado Causes Damage In Broward

Sporadic flooding, tree limbs down and roof damage reported from high winds

A tornado caused damage in Tamarac after touching down Tuesday afternoon.

The area experienced sporadic flooding, downed tree limbs, and roof damage to several homes as top winds hit 90 mph, authorities said.

The tornado left a mile-long path of roofing and tree damage, but no injuries were reported, according to the National Weather Service.

There were also reports of traffic lights out in the area of McNab Road and Brookwood Boulevard.

“It has nothing to do with [Tropical Storm] Emily,” said Roberto Garcia, a weather service meteorologist. “It’s just local atmosphere being unstable.”

Garcia said the tornado likely developed from strong to severe thunderstorms interacting with each other.

"I first thought it was a flock of birds," said Merritt Samuels, who saw the tornado form.  "And the flock of birds kept getting tighter and tighter and tighter until it formed a finger coming out of hte sky."

At that point, Samuels said, he ran home, fearing the noises he was hearing were awnings ripping off homes. 

Nearby at Tubby's Drive-Thru, employees caught all the action -- and whipped out their cell phone cameras.

"All the merchandise was being sucked out of the store," said William Rodriguez. "Then when I realized what it was, I started filming it."

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