On Saturday afternoon, a tornado ripped through the Palm Beach Gardens region, north of Miami, wreaking havoc in some communities and prompting locals to seek shelter.
In the nearby Sanctuary Cove community of North Palm Beach, trees fell on cars and branches dangerously blew in the wind. One apartment building’s roof was torn off, and the gale blew at least one apartment door away. In addition, the storm damaged a sizable construction vehicle, tore out the windows of residences and cars, and blew a park bench away.
The tornado’s estimated wind speed was at least 100 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service, which said it will probably make a definitive conclusion on Sunday.
Residents reported that emergency personnel arrived at the scene quickly. There were no reports of casualties right away. Late on Saturday, inquiries for comments about the North Palm Beach fire department and Florida’s Division of Emergency Management were not promptly answered.
Social media users shared pictures of a car flipping over in the rain and the strong gusts that were sweeping across North Palm Beach.
Here is a clip of Tornado posted on Twitter:
According to PowerOutage.us, thousands of consumers were without power across the state as of 10:30 p.m.
Every year, more tornadoes occur in the United States than in any other nation in the world—more than 1,000. Geographically and climatically, it is highly vulnerable.
In 2011, a tornado that ripped through Joplin, Missouri, claimed the lives of more than 150 people, making it the worst tornado in modern memory. In rural Mississippi last month, a tornado destroyed mobile homes and killed at least twenty people.
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