2 Tornadoes Confirmed In South Florida As Hurricane Ian Strikes
In this NOAA handout image taken by the GOES satellite at 13:26 UTC, Hurricane Ian moves toward Florida on September 28, 2022 in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Two tornadoes were reported in South Florida’s Broward County on Tuesday night as Hurricane Ian slams the state’s Gulf Coast.

The first tornado struck just before 7:30 p.m. south of Cooper City. The tornado warning included nearby Davie, Plantation, and Lauderdale Lakes.

Approximately an hour later, a second tornado was confirmed in the same area, with the warning including the Pembroke Pines and West Hollywood areas.

Widespread damage was reported in the area, including approximately 15 small aircraft damaged or destroyed at the North Perry Airport in Hollywood.

A Twitter post by Total Traffic Miami revealed video of the destruction of small aircraft at the airport.

Video footage from a local Publix also revealed the destruction along Sheridan Street in Hollywood, Florida.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported that the tornado west of Delray Beach left two people hospitalized and 35 people displaced, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Capt. Tom Reyes.

Pasadena Lakes Elementary School in Pembroke Pines was also reportedly damaged, along with widespread downed trees and some debris in roads across the area.

As of Wednesday morning, 17,600 homes are reportedly without power in Miami-Dade County. Another 11,360 homes are without electricity in neighboring Broward County.

The damage from the two tornadoes comes as Hurricane Ian reached top winds of 155 miles per hour, just shy of Category 5 status, on Wednesday.

More than 2.5 million Florida residents are under evacuation orders, but on Tuesday morning Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) warned that it was no longer safe for those in some regions to flee.

“If you are in any of those counties it is no longer possible to safely evacuate. It’s time to hunker down and prepare for the storm,” DeSantis said. “Do what you need to do to stay safe. If you are where that storm is approaching, you’re already in hazardous conditions. It’s going to get a lot worse very quickly. So please hunker down.”

In Charlotte County, the area’s Fire and EMS services have been temporarily suspended due to hazardous conditions from Ian. Charlotte County is located north of Fort Myers and south of Venice.

Emergency Management Director Patrick Fuller announced that 911 calls will remain operational, but authorities will not be able to respond.

“Over the next several hours of which we will begin experiencing the most extreme effects of Hurricane Ian, we can expect to see storm surge to life-threatening levels into several of our hurricane evacuation zones in Charlotte County,” he explained during a press conference.

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