Thursday, May 15, 2014

Tornado Touches Down Near Miami International Airport (KMIA), Florida

The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-0 tornado touched down along NW 14th Street in Doral Thursday afternoon.

The tornado damaged signs and trees in the area and was first reported by the control tower at Miami International Airport. The initial report of a tornado touchdown was confirmed by trained spotters.

The Weather Service had just issued a tornado warning for Miami-Dade county until 3 p.m. when the reported touchdown happened. The weather service also reported a second possible tornado near Hialeah, but no touchdown was ever confirmed.

The tornado warnings were canceled a little after 3:15 p.m.

While the severe weather was moving near the airport, the FAA issued a ground stop due to weather, meaning no flights were allowed in or out for a time Thursday afternoon.

As of 5 p.m., there were 25 cancelled departures and 6 canceled arrivals along with 43 delayed departures and 14 delayed arrivals. The airport also reported 49 flights were also diverted to other area airports.

Flights began to move in and out of the airport again around 4 p.m.

Fort Lauderdale International Airport also saw problems, mainly coming from flooding in and out of the airport. FLL reported 74 arrival delays, 84 departure delays, and a total of 11 cancellations.

In addition to the tornadoes inland, several waterspouts were reported just off the coast as some of the storms pushed out over the open waters.

As the storms pushed through the area, thousands of Miami-Dade County residents lost power. The storms knocked out power to more than 5,000 homes in Miami-Dade County and more than 280 in Broward County as of 4:15 p.m.

By 10 p.m., FPL had reduced the numbers to 900 in Miami-Dade County and 148 Broward County.

Isolated storms are in the forecast for part of Friday, but the wet weather should move out of the area by the weekend.

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