An apparent tornado touched down in Fort Lauderdale Saturday as storms moved through the area.
The twister touched down west of Las Olas, near the Intracoastal Waterway and moved east into the ocean, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis posted on X, formerly Twitter.
No injuries were reported and damage appeared “manageable,” Trantalis said.
Crews were working to restore power and clear debris in the affected areas, according to the City of Fort Lauderdale.
The National Weather Service in Miami said in a statement its office is conducting a preliminary storm survey Sunday “in relation to the observed tornado in the Federal Highway and SE 15th St area up towards Las Olas Blvd.” A final assessment is expected by the end of the day.
Videos of the weather event unfolding were posted to social media.
Fort Lauderdale tornado videos
TikToker Meghan posted a now-viral video of the twister with the caption, “Two New Yorkers avoiding a snow storm in Fort Lauderdale see their first tornado.”
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Certified Consulting Meteorologist Craig Setzer captured video of the tornado noting, “From what I could tell, @NWSMiami issued the warning just in time.”
More Fort Lauderdale tornado videos:
Damage reports from tornado in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
What is a tornado watch and tornado warning?
- Tornado watch: Be Prepared! Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plans and check supplies and your safe room. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives! Watches are issued by the Storm Prediction Center for counties where tornadoes may occur. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states.
- Tornado warning: Take Action! A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. There is imminent danger to life and property. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If in a mobile home, a vehicle, or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris. Warnings are issued by your local forecast office. Warnings typically encompass a much smaller area (around the size of a city or small county) that may be impacted by a tornado identified by a forecaster on radar or by a trained spotter/law enforcement who is watching the storm.