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Tornado touches down in Bird Road neighborhood

Weather deteriorates in South Florida as TS Philippe approaches

The first effects of Tropical Storm Philippe in South Florida were felt on Saturday afternoon, October 28, 2017.
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The first effects of Tropical Storm Philippe in South Florida were felt on Saturday afternoon, October 28, 2017.

A Bird Road neighborhood was rocked a bit Saturday afternoon when a tornado touched down.

The brief tornado landed in a residential block just northeast of the intersection of Bird Road and Southwest 97th Avenue in Miami, about two miles southeast of the Tamiami Fairgrounds at about 1:20 p.m., said Chuck Caracozza, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

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A brief tornado touched down in a residential block just northeast of the intersection of Bird Road and Southwest 97th Avenue in Miami at about 1:20 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. National Weather Service

There was some damage associated with the weak tornado, Caracozza said. The twister did some roof damage, a few small trees were snapped, a row of wooden fencing lay twisted between yards, and a rainwater pipe flew off a house and landed in a swale.

No injuries, he said.

South Florida will be dealing with heavy rains this afternoon through tonight, the National Weather Service said. “There could be a couple strong thunderstorms, mainly through the evening hours,” Caracozza said.

The National Weather Service later issued a tornado warning for West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach and Greenacres until 6 p.m.

All of this nasty business is the result of a tropical depression that became Tropical Storm Philippe later in the afternoon. The weather is affecting Cuba, South Florida and the Bahamas.

Howard Cohen: 305-376-3619, @HowardCohen

The coastal area from Golden Beach at the Miami-Dade/Broward county line all the way down to Craig Key was placed under Tropical Storm Watch as Tropical Depression No. 18 remains on its path to Cuba, South Florida and the Bahamas.

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