Broward County

Severe Thunderstorms in Broward, Miami-Dade

FPL crews fanned throughout South Florida Monday night trying to restore the power lost in a fast moving storm.

"The power lines were turning green and popping like machine gun fire at both points in the back of my yard, and shortly after the power went out," one witness said.

Lightning electrified transformers, leaving more than 9,000 people without power in Broward county and another 2,000 in Miami-Dade late Monday.

As of 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, FPL had restored power to most of these customers, reporting 360 customers without power in Miami-Dade and 256 without power in Broward County.

Wind ripped tree limbs down closing Northeast 135th street and forcing police to direct traffic at 16th Avenue in North Miami.

Menacing skies whipped wicked weather from west to east through dinner time, hammering parts of Pembroke Pines and Miramar with hail.

Viewers sent us video and pictures of the quarter-sized hail that fell before it melted.

No major damage was reported, just quite a spectacle and then a welcomed cool down.

"It was like 90-something and now it's like 73 so after the storm went thru it's much cooler," said Tom Garrigan.

FPL said the general estimate for power to be restored is 3-to-4 hours, but if crews have to cut through trees to repairs the lines, that could double that estimate.

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