Tornadoes, wind and lots of rain – Sun Sentinel


Miami’s National Weather Service released its post-storm report on Hurricane Ian on Friday, detailing how hard the storm hit South Florida and how much of the worst it was spared.

Here are the main takeaways:

Hurricane Ian spawned a total of 10 tornadoes in Broward, Miami, and Palm Beach counties overnight. An 11th tornado has been confirmed in Glades County.

The tornadoes, the result of one of Ian’s outer rainbands, spread from late Tuesday, September 27 through the early hours of Wednesday, September 28.

The strongest tornado was the one that moved from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton to Kings Point near Delray Beach. Forecasters confirmed it as an EF2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, or “strong” tornado. The maximum strength is EF5 (a “violent” tornado) and the minimum strength is EF0. In the United States, 80% of tornadoes are rated EF0 or EF1.

The remaining nine tornadoes were all rated EF1 or EF0.

Where they hit:

Broward

  • North Perry Airport: An EF1 tornado touched down at North Perry Airport near Pembroke Pines, damaging 10 planes, then continued through Pembroke Pines and Cooper City.
  • Hollywood and Davis: An EF0 tornado touched down in Hollywood east of I-95 and south of Hollywood Boulevard, moving northwest toward Davie, causing mostly tree damage.
  • David: An EF0 tornado moved through a trailer park in Davie near I-595 and SW 136th Avenue, causing mostly minor damage to siding, gutters, awnings and trees.
  • Miccosukee Indian Reservation: The radar debris signature confirmed a fourth tornado of unknown strength in the Broward section of the Miccosukee Indian Reservation.

palm beach

  • Delray Beach: An EF2 tornado began on the Florida Atlantic University campus in Boca Raton, moving north through the community of Kings Point near Delray Beach, damaging several homes and uprooting trees.
An EF2 tornado moved through Kings Point near Delray Beach (National Weather Service Miami)
  • Wellington: An EF1 tornado touched down in Wellington, then moved towards Loxahatchee, damaging trees and roofs.
  • Lion Country Safari: An EF1 tornado damaged barns and trees.
  • Boynton Beach: An EF0 tornado caused damage to trees and fences near I-95 and Boynton Beach Boulevard, and may also have damaged Gulf Stream City Hall.

Miami Dade

  • Doral: An EF0 tornado passed through the town of Doral, damaging trees at a police training complex.
  • Miccosukee Indian Reservation: The radar debris signature confirmed a tornado of unknown strength in the Miami-Dade section of the Miccosukee Indian Reservation.

Broward, Miami and Palm Beach counties saw total rainfall above or near 10 inches, a significant amount for the region, though it paled in comparison to areas of east-central Florida which saw up to at 20 inches.

Hurricane Ian dumped the most rain on Broward, particularly on the west side of the county. All five of highest totals were recorded in Broward County.

The next highest rainfall totals were 8.67 inches in West Miami, Miami-Dade County, and 8.59 inches at The Acreage in Palm Beach County.

Southeast Florida experienced high winds as Ian swept through the state, though they were nothing compared to what the southwest region of the state was facing. Ian’s maximum sustained winds recorded on landfall in southwest Florida reached 150 mph. In Broward, Palm Beach and Miami Dade counties, the highest maximum sustained winds remained below 60 mph.

Here are some of the highest maximum sustained winds registered in each county:

Broward

  • Dania Pier: 47.2 mph
  • Pompano Beach Aerial Park: 39.1 mph
  • Sunrise and Fort Lauderdale: 36.8 mph

palm beach

  • West Palm Beach County: 51.8 mph
  • Boca Raton: 47.2 mph
  • Lake Worth: 44.9 mph

Miami Dade

  • University of Miami-Virginia Key: 56.4 mph
  • Government Cup: 55.2 mph
  • Biscayne Bay: 50.6 mph

And here are some of the highest recorded peak gusts:

Broward

  • Dania Pier: 57.5 mph
  • Pompano Beach Aerial Park: 51.8 mph
  • Miramar: 43.7 mph

palm beach

  • Lake Worth: 57.5 mph
  • Royal Palm Beach: 57.5 mph
  • Boca Raton: 56.4 mph

Miami Dade

  • University of Miami-Virginia Key: 65.6 mph
  • Government Cup: 61.0mph
  • Biscayne Bay: 59.8 mph

In Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties, power outages have been largely contained.

The National Weather Service estimated the highest number of residents without power at any one time during the storm to be less than 10,000.

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Meanwhile, in several southwestern counties across the state, nearly all customers lost power for several days.

In South Florida, the highest number of customers without power of the three counties was reported to have been in Palm Beach County at 3 p.m. on September 29, with 8,110 customers without power.

Broward: 1,572 customers on September 29 at 3 p.m.

Palm beach: 8,110 customers on September 29 at 3 p.m.

Miami Dade: 5,950 customers on September 29 at 3 p.m.

The National Hurricane Center will release a final report on Hurricane Ian in the coming months.

Editor Shira Moolten can be contacted at [email protected]

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