15 year anniversary of downtown Miami Tornado

Author: Trent Aric, Meteorologist, taric@local10.com
Published On: May 11 2012 11:30:47 PM EDT   Updated On: Nov 14 2013 03:29:48 PM EST
1997 Downtown Miami Torando

Saturday marks the 15th anniversary of the tornado that struck downtown Miami. 

Little Havana, downtown Miami, Biscayne Bay and Miami Beach were hit as the tornado cut an 8 mile long path as it moved east northeast at 20-25mph around 2pm on May 12th, 1997. 

The tornado was rated a F-1 with estimated winds between100-110 mph.  It was 30-150 yards wide during its path across Miami-Dade county.  The result was $525,000 in damage and 12 people injured.

At the time Don Noe and Todd Tongen were tracking the storm at WPLG.  Check out the coverage here.