Planes, trees, automobiles: the first damage from Hurricane Ian in South Florida




The first fringes of winds, rain and tornadoes that come with Hurricane Ian reached Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties on Tuesday night, and gave a nasty taste of what might be coming Wednesday.

West Miami-Dade

Social media photos and videos showed a tornado moving through West Miami-Dade, picking up and dumping trees in areas around and just north of Flagler Street and west of 82nd Avenue.

Cooper City

Cooper City in Southwest Broward reported at least two tornadoes had touched down, ripping up foliage before leaving.

Wednesday morning cleanup in Cooper City after two tornadoes hit the Broward County city on Tuesday.
Wednesday morning cleanup in Cooper City after two tornadoes hit the Broward County city on Tuesday.  

Davie

A mobile home park, Sunshine Village, was damaged.

Curious resident walks her dog while surveying the damage cause by the early morning tornado.
Curious resident walks her dog while surveying the damage cause by the early morning tornado.  
Bienvenida Rodriguez,71, recounts the sounds and force of the early morning tornado that damaged multiple homes in Sunshine Village.
Bienvenida Rodriguez,71, recounts the sounds and force of the early morning tornado that damaged multiple homes in Sunshine Village.  
A resident of Sunshine Village removes debris after a tornado touch ground at the mobile home park.
A resident of Sunshine Village removes debris after a tornado touch ground at the mobile home park.  
Young boys play near the damaged screen porch as the residents of Sunshine Village survey the damage and removed debris after a tornado touch ground at the mobile home park.
Young boys play near the damaged screen porch as the residents of Sunshine Village survey the damage and removed debris after a tornado touch ground at the mobile home park.  

Broward airport

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport reported that a tornado passed over North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines Tuesday night. Broward Mayor Michael Udine said Wednesday that 30 planes and the main building were damaged.

An airplane is seen flipped over due to winds produced by Hurricane Ian at North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines, Florida on Wednesday, September 28, 2022.
An airplane is seen flipped over due to winds produced by Hurricane Ian at North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines, Florida on Wednesday, September 28, 2022.  

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Port Everglades

Udine said Port Everglades experienced tropical storm force winds up to 60 miles per hour, but that didn't halt operations or interfere with fuel truck traffic.

"No injuries. No loss of life," said the mayor. "But we encourage residents to stay inside today and off the roads."

Delray Beach area

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said answering a 911 call from a woman trapped in her bathroom brought them to the damage done by a "possible tornado" in the Kings Point area, west of Delray Beach. PBCFR said they rescued the woman, took two people to the hospital and used high water vehicles to evacuate 30 people.

Whatever hit the area flipped over cars and damaged roofs either directly or by blowing objects into them, such as tree trunks.

A possible tornado caused damage in the Kings’ Point area of Palm Beach County, including throwing this tree trunk into a roof.
A possible tornado caused damage in the Kings’ Point area of Palm Beach County, including throwing this tree trunk into a roof.  
A tornado flipped over this car in the Kings Point area west of Delray Beach Tuesday night, Sept.
A tornado flipped over this car in the Kings Point area west of Delray Beach Tuesday night, Sept.  

Pembroke Pines

All Douglas Road traffic lights north of Pines Boulevard are out, Pines police announced just after noon Wednesday. This will be an FPL repair job.

The light at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Sheridan Street is also out. Drivers are reminded that if the intersection light is out and no traffic cop is present, by-the-book driving says treat the intersection like a four-way stop.

Electricity in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach

As of 1 p.m. Wednesday, FPL's Power Tracker map reported 21,790 customers in Miami-Dade, 11,660 in Broward, and 7,470 in Palm Beach were without power. Those numbers went down for Palm Beach, up for Miami-Dade and Broward Palm Beach from the noon update.

Miami Herald Staff Writer Chuck Rabin contributed to this report.

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