Likely Tornado Tosses Cars, Uproots Trees In South Florida

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A likely tornado in South Florida Wednesday morning caused all sorts of problems, overturning cars and tractor trailers, uprooting trees and causing thousands to lose power.

Most of the damage occurred in the Coconut Creek area and at an industrial park in Pompano Beach.

The twister’s strong winds caused a tractor trailer to overturn on the Florida Turnpike near Coconut Creek Parkway. The storm produced significant damage along the turnpike, where it downed a power line and caused structural damage to an apartment building in the Wynmoor retirement community.

Also on the Florida Turnpike, a small sedan traveling southbound was lifted so high by the winds that it cleared the wall separating the highway and landed in a northbound lane. The only person injured in the storm was in the car that was lifted onto the other side of the Florida Turnpike, Wysocky said. The victim was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A total of six vehicles were damaged along the highway in the storm.

The National Weather Service is surveying the area to determine how strong the winds were on the Enhanced Fujita Scale.

WSAV Meteorologist Matt Devitt

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