Tornado reported in Florida as strong storms bring in cold front

The Miami area appears it will avoid severe storms Tuesday as a cold front rolls in. But strong wind gusts could be felt up and down the coast.

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – Tuesday is expected to be a stormy day that will eventually give way to a Christmas-week cooldown.

Parts of the state near Fort Myers and Naples were under a tornado watch Tuesday morning, and while that didn’t extend to South Florida, the National Weather Service said “strong to damaging wind gusts and heavy rainfall [are] possible.”

An apparent tornado did touch down in the Fort Myers area, according to reports from that side of the state.

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA TORNADO 🌪️⚠️ New pictures coming in from South Fort Myers where a tornado touched down around 6:30 AM...

Posted by Matt Devitt WINK Weather on Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Thankfully, South Florida appears it will avoid the most severe weather.

Expect some showers and gusty winds that could potentially exceed 30 mph by this afternoon.

Highs are expected to reach near 80 with mostly cloudy skies.

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