Tornadoes hit Florida hours before Hurricane Ian makes landfall

Eight tornadoes made landfall in Florida Tuesday night, just hours before Hurricane Ian is expected to make landfall in the state.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Miami and Tampa Bay issued multiple tornado warnings as Hurricane Ian inched closer to the state. In a tweetThe National Weather Service in Miami confirmed that a tornado made landfall near Pembroke Pines.

“This is now a CONFIRMED tornado. Radar data indicates debris. Take cover when in warning! Will move very close to the path of the previous tornado,” NWS Miami said.

In a statement sent to news week On Wednesday, a spokesman for the Miami National Weather Service said the forecasting bureau “has tentatively confirmed up to 8 tornadoes yesterday afternoon and evening in South Florida.”

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Above is a general view of St. Pete Piers as the first winds from Hurricane Ian arrive in Saint Petersburg, Florida on September 28, 2022. The National Weather Service in Miami confirmed a tornado landed just hours before Hurricane Ian was expected to make landfall.
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The reports of tornadoes in Florida come as the state continues to prepare for Hurricane Ian, which is expected to make landfall in the state as a Category 4 storm.

in one tweet On Wednesday morning, the Tampa Bay National Weather Service said Hurricane Ian was already “affecting our area.”

“It’s time for SHELTER-IN-PLACE!” The NWS said, adding that residents should expect “life-threatening storm surges,” “catastrophic flooding,” “155-mile eyewall winds,” and possible tornadoes.

The National Hurricane Center released an update Wednesday morning saying Hurricane Ian is expected to bring “catastrophic storm surge flooding from 12 to 16 feet above the ground along with destructive waves” to parts of Florida.

“Catastrophic wind damage is expected along Florida’s southwest coast, beginning in the next few hours where the core of Ian makes landfall,” the National Hurricane Center said.

“Heavy rains will spread across the Florida peninsula through Thursday and will reach parts of the southeastern United States later this week and over the weekend. Widespread, life-threatening catastrophic flooding is expected in parts of central Florida, with significant flooding in south Florida, north Florida and southeast Georgia and coastal South Carolina.”

The White House said President Joe Biden has spoken to scores of officials across Florida about the potential impact of Hurricane Ian. Biden also directed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help with storm preparations and response efforts.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis also briefed residents Tuesday night on the potential impact of the storm and issued a mandatory evacuation order for several communities.

After the confirmed tornado, the Palm Beach County Fire Department released several photos this seemed to show the damage caused by the high wind speed. An overturned car can be seen in one of the photos, while other photos show widespread damage to homes and other buildings.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport also reported that a tornado damaged several planes.

“A #tornado passed over our general aviation support service, #NorthPerryAirport (HWO) at @cityofpines tonight 9/27/22, damaging several small aircraft and some hangars. As a precaution, #HWO will be temporarily closed until further notice to fully assess the damage sustained,” the airport said in a tweet.

news week contacted the National Weather Service in Miami for further comment. Tornadoes hit Florida hours before Hurricane Ian makes landfall

Rick Schindler

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