Thousands remain without power after Broward thunderstorms

 

jsimmons@MiamiHerald.com

Severe thunderstorms knocked out power to about 9,000 Broward County homes Saturday evening.

Florida Power and Light crews restored power to 5,000 of them by about 10:45 p.m., said FPL spokeswoman Florencia Contesse, but another 4,000 were still in the dark.

The storm’s heavy rain and strong winds also damaged property, stripping off tree branches and throwing around small objects.

A flood advisory was in effect until 7:15 p.m. for southeastern Broward County and the National Weather Service issued an alert instructing local residents to stay indoors, warning of winds up to 55 mph, nickel-size hail and two to three inches of rain per hour.

Residents who lost power during the storm can track FPL’s power restoration efforts online at fplmaps.com.

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