Hurricane Ian’s rain bands increase possibility of tornadoes in Miami-Dade, Broward

Tornadoes are possible through Wednesday

As Hurricane Ian heads for landfall in western Florida on Wednesday, the storm’s rain bands increased the possibility of tornadoes in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

In Broward County, the National Weather Service confirmed there was a tornado at about 7:20 p.m. Tuesday, in Cooper City and at about 7:50 p.m. in Hollywood. There were tornado warnings in western Palm Beach County until 1:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Residents in south Miami-Dade County reported evidence of a tornado, but the National Weather Service in Miami had yet to confirm the report.

As of 5 a.m. Wednesday, the hurricane was about 105 miles west-southwest of Naples, and it was moving north-northeast at 10 mph with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph.

After Ian passes the Florida Keys, the latest forecast shows Ian will approach the west coast of Florida and move over central Florida on Wednesday night and Thursday morning to emerge over the western Atlantic by late Thursday.

Related story: Ian strengthens to Cat. 4 hurricane, expected to cause life-threatening storm surge in Florida Peninsula

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Betty Davis is the chief certified meteorologist for Local 10. She provides weather forecasts for South Florida Monday-Friday during the 4, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts.