Broward County

Strong storms knock out power in Broward and Miami-Dade

Heavy storms with high winds and pea-size hail hit parts of South Florida on Wednesday, causing some power outages and traffic backups.

About 11,000 customers in North Broward lost power and 7,000 in Miami-Dade because of lightning, said FPL spokeswoman Eileen Dees.

“We are working to restore power as safely and quickly as possible,” she said.

A flood advisory was issued for Northeast Miami-Dade until 6:30 p.m., but was canceled shortly after 5 when the storms died down, said National Weather service meteorological technician Bob Ebaugh.

But earlier in the day, most of Miami-Dade and Broward experienced heavy storms, with wind and lightning.

“This is typical summer weather,” Ebaugh said.

Ebaugh said a water spout was spotted in Miami Beach and a wind gust of 44 mph was clocked at Coral Glades High School in Coral Springs.

Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dani Moschella said there were reports of power lines down in the intersection of Loxahatchee Road and University Drive in Parkland.

Ebaugh said there were report of tree limbs down in Margate and Tamarac.

He said the rain chance for Wednesday evening remained at 60 percent and there could be storms Thursday as well.