Cleanup underway after 3 tornadoes touch down in South Florida
No injuries reported after twister hits Broward, Miami-Dade counties
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Clean up is underway in Broward and Miami-Dade counties after three EF-1 tornadoes touched down in South Florida Tuesday morning.
Local 10 News reporter Ben Kennedy was at the Skylake community in northeast Miami-Dade Wednesday morning as crews put in overtime to rake leaves and saw trees that had fallen down.
Resident Calvin Astwood showed Kennedy a truck that was crushed under a tree.
"All you can hear was like a zoom," Astwood said. "Trees and bushes flying over the yard, five or eight cars got mashed up over there."
Astwood said he was home when the twister touched down, tossing trampolines around and even sending a limb through the roof of his house.
"Crazy. I never ran so fast," Astwood said. "I just sat in the car screaming. I freaked out."
People in Hollywood were also affected by the tornado.
"I didn't think we got hit by tornadoes. I thought we got hit by (a) hurricane," Tom Mezias said. "There's a lot of damage in the neighborhood (and) a lot of trees are down."
Workers with Florida Power & Light were in the neighborhood working to restore power and some residents were displaced by the tornado.
"I wouldn't want anybody to go through this. It's terrible. I mean we don't have a home, my truck has been destroyed, so I mean, what's next? Get hit by lightning?" Billy Manning, whose home was destroyed by the tornado, said.
Manning told Local 10 News reporter Erica Rakow that he and his wife were only able to save what was on the porch of their home and they have yet to get inside.
Meanwhile, traffic is back to normal on Interstate 95 after it was shut down on both sides when a gust of wind knocked over a semi-truck.
"Branches and leaves started hitting the side of my window, and then, like, the metal sign hit the front glass of my car and it shattered it," David Matienzo told Local 10.
The truck driver suffered a small scratch on his leg, and no other injuries were reported.
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