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Tornado rips through Fort Lauderdale as storms march across Florida

A tornado rolled through Fort Lauderdale, Florida, damaging boats and downing power lines on Saturday.

According to the National Weather Service office in Miami, officials received multiple phone calls and social media reports of a twister near Federal Highway about 5:50 p.m. ET.

The NWS issued a Tornado Warning for the storm about 5 minutes before the twister was reported. 

Fort Lauderdale officials said in a Facebook post that no injuries have been reported, and the damage from the storm appears to be minor.

A couple from New York was in South Florida to cheer on the Buffalo Bills when they got a Tornado Warning alert on their cellphones.

Moments later, they witnessed the tornado roll through a residential area and a marina and captured the entire event on video.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warnings are indicated in yellow.

Tornado Warnings are indicated in red, while Tornado Warnings with a confirmed tornado are indicated in purple.

A tornado rolled through Fort Lauderdale, Florida, damaging boats and downing power lines on Saturday. FOX Weather

Flash Flood Warnings are indicated in green, while Flash Flood Emergencies are indicated in pink.

“We were feeling very pleased with ourselves for missing the snow. Then we got more than we bargained for,” Meghan Collins told FOX Weather.

There were several reports of other severe weather across Sunshine State on Saturday, including funnel clouds, a water spout and damaging wind gusts.

According to the National Weather Service office in Miami, officials received multiple phone calls and social media reports of a twister near Federal Highway about 5:50 p.m. ET. FOX Weather

The highest thunderstorm wind gust that has been reported was 52 mph near Pine Island.

The storms are associated with a trailing cold front that is attached to a powerful nor’easter moving up the East Coast this weekend.

The storm has created a mess of ice, snow and rain as it chugs through the mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

Fort Lauderdale officials said in a Facebook post that no injuries have been reported, and the damage from the storm appears to be minor. FOX Weather

More severe weather is possible in Florida in the coming days as another powerful storm moves across the eastern half of the country.

An NWS team is expected to conduct a damage survey on Sunday to determine the strength and path of the tornado.

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Written by SaleemBaloch

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