Broward County

Strong afternoon storms leave parts of Broward with downed trees, power outages and possible tornado in Davie

Powerful storms pummeled parts of Broward County Wednesday afternoon, causing traffic backups, power outages and downed trees.

The National Weather Service said Wednesday afternoon there was a preliminary report of a tornado touching down in Davie, near Flamingo Road and Orange Drive.

“It is not confirmed yet,’’ said meteorologist Brad Diehl.

The wet weather, which drenched most of South Florida Wednesday, will likely continue through Friday, said Bob Ebaugh, a weather specialist.

“Kepp your rain jackets handy,” he said.

While most of South Florida had patches of heavy rain, there were reports of funnel clouds in central and south Broward, Ebaugh said.

Davie Police Capt. Dale Engle said parts of Davie were definitely hit hard.

“There were a lot of trees down,” Engle said, adding that there were no reports of injuries or buildings damaged.

At one point, Davie police were telling drivers to avoid the intersections of Nova Drive and South University Drive and Nova Drive and Davie Road because the traffic lights were out.

The National Weather Service also issued a tornado warning for Pembroke Pines and Miramar until 7:30 p.m.

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff