Wicked weather that moved across Florida early Sunday is giving way to cool and dry conditions with temperatures dipping into the mid-50s on Monday and Tuesday.
The system of storms left two people dead on the Gulf Coast when a tornado ripped apart their trailer. In South Florida, wind gusts as high as 50 mph rattled windows — and a few nerves.
“Packing a punch,” said Michael Smith, meteorologist at CBS4.
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The rain also caused some wet roads, but no major flooding was reported in South Florida. That’s because the storm was in a hurry to get offshore. In Kendall, for instance, the rain and wind stayed for about 10 minutes before moving on. The sun came out for the afternoon.
No damage or injuries were reported in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, but thousands of people lost power just as they were taking up to have breakfast. FPL said it could be as late as evening for all power to be restored. Traffic lights on Alton Road in Miami Beach also blinked off.
The rainbow at the end of the storm? Temperatures were expected to dip overnight and early Monday to the low- to mid-50s. Monday’s high won’t reach 70 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Skies will be mostly sunny.
That pattern will continue into Tuesday, with lows once again dipping into the mid-50s and highs in the mid- to upper-60s. Wednesday night is expected to be a tad warmer, with lows around 60.
Sunday’s storms triggered tornado watches in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties, and spawned deadly tornadoes in Manatee County.
Two people were killed in a trailer when a tornado lifted their residence and slammed it back down in pieces. The couple’s adult son and four grandchildren survived, the Bradenton Herald reported.
"I'm amazed to see anybody got out of this alive," said Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube said.
Shortly after, another tornado touched down near Siesta Key, an upscale beach community in Sarasota County. Several homes reported damage and thousands lost power, according to The Associated Press.
Heavy winds also closed the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Tampa for several hours. Downed trees also were reported in Miami.
LIVE COVERAGE OF THE STORM
Florida was under siege by a series of strong storms that moved across the state early Sunday. Developments:
▪ A system of strong storms moved across Florida, with sheets of rain and strong gusts up to 50 mph. “Packing a punch,” CBS4 meteorologist Michael Smith said.
▪ Some of the worst weather lasted 10 or 15 minutes in Kendall, with calm restored after 8 a.m. As of 9:30 a.m., most of the system moved offshore into the Atlantic.
▪ Two people are dead and four children are injured after two tornadoes ripped through a trailer park in the Duette areas of Manatee County. Deputies believe there were three adults and four juveniles inside the residence. Two adults, one female and one male, were killed while the four children were injured and hospitalized, according to the Bradenton Herald. The storm lifted the trailer off its blocks and it smashed to the ground. Tornadoes were also reported in the Sarasota area.
▪ A tornado watch was lifted for South Florida just before 9 a.m.
▪ A “significant weather advisory” was in effect through 8:30 a.m.
▪ Pockets of power outages affecting thousands of FPL customers are reported in Broward and Miami-Dade. Traffic lights also are reported out in Miami Beach on Alton Road from 17th Street north to the Tuttle Causeway. More than 5,000 in Miami Beach also are without power, with restoration estimated between 5 and 6 p.m., according to the city.
▪ Doral was pounded by strong storms.
▪ Just before 8 a.m., National Weather Service radar tracked strong thunderstorms moving east at 40 mph.
▪ The Keys felt heavy storms and was under a tornado watch.
▪ Live radar from Weather Underground.
Once the rough weather clears Sunday, drier and cooler air will move in, with lows in the low-50s predicted for Monday and Tuesday nights. Highs on both days will be in the upper-60s.