Reports of a possible tornado touching down in Downtown Fort Lauderdale


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FORT LAUDERDALE — A tornado reportedly touched down in Downtown Fort Lauderdale on Saturday evening, shortly after the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for the area.

Fort Lauderdale Police told CBS News Miami that they were assisting Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue with a “weather related” incident in the area of 2500 East Las Olas Blvd. but could not confirm whether it was related to a tornado.

The City of Fort Lauderdale stated X (formerly known as Twitter), saying there have been no reports of injuries so far and FLFR crews are assessing the damage, which appears to be minor at this time.  

“The public should be cautious of any debris and downed power lines in the area,” the city stated.

According to several videos shared on X, a funnel cloud formed above downtown Fort Lauderdale and made a touchdown in the area. Some of the videos found also showed the funnel cloud causing some sort of explosion as it spun.

CBS News Miami’s NEXT Weather team is working on confirming the tornado, as their radar did pick up on wind rotation around 5:45 p.m. with severe weather blowing through the area.

CBS News Miami has a crew heading to the area to investigate further. Please stay safe and indoors, and stay tuned to CBS News Miami online and on-air as we continue providing updates.

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