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Cleanup underway in Miami-Dade County after tornado

EF-1 tornado hit South Florida early Monday

HIALEAH, Fla. – Cleanup is underway in parts of Miami-Dade County, like Hialeah, after a tornado touched down early Monday.

Restoration crews were inside some Hialeah apartments Tuesday morning to clean up the mess and salvage whatever they could.

"What's done is done, but now we want to try to prevent anything further," Richard Burns, from Restoration Unlimited, said.

Before the sun rose Tuesday, residents were pulling out personal items and using flashlights to see into the homes, where power still hasn't been restored.

"As I'm dressing up, I started hearing the glasses breaking on the building and the wind," Jorge Leon Torres, whose home was damaged, said.

Torres has lived in his apartment for nearly three years. Despite signs saying they're unsafe, he and several other neighbors decided to stay put overnight.

"They would only offer us shelter for one day. They didn't know the outcome and the shelters are not even in this area," he said.

Torres said he has been overall very happy with how much the city and the surrounding community has come together to help with the cleanup effort, and he's thankful it wasn't much worse.

"I feel that God blessed us, because there was four buildings that got damaged and nobody really got hurt. Personally, we got damages, property damage, but that's nothing, you know?" he said.

In Hialeah, the Red Cross assisted 13 families displaced from the four buildings deemed uninhabitable. A spokesperson said other displaced families would be staying with family or friends Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, there are about a half-dozen generators being used in the area until power is restored.

Residents have been told that their power will be turned on once their roofs are repaired.

Miami Springs also saw its fair share of damage from the severe weather.

Gilbert Santana said his family's home is still inhabitable, but there is still plenty of damage.

"This thing just comes in a certain path, and thankfully, the path was in the backyard, you know in the alley. We had an awning here that is gone," Santana said.

Others weren't so luck, and were forced to relocate until their homes can be repaired.

Late Tuesday night, Miami Springs police circled the neighborhood where Monday's tornado damaged several homes. An officer told Local 10 News that police were making sure residents were out of the two houses that had been condemned.

Public and private crews are also working to clear debris and downed trees in the areas affected by the tornado.


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