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Tornado touches down in Hialeah during severe storms, rescue officials say

Storm winds hit Miami during reports of tornado

The Hialeah Fire Department tweeted that the tornado touched down near West 76th Street in Hialeah, Florida on January 27. A tornado warning had been issued several hours earlier.
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The Hialeah Fire Department tweeted that the tornado touched down near West 76th Street in Hialeah, Florida on January 27. A tornado warning had been issued several hours earlier.

A tornado touched down in western Hialeah Sunday night, knocking down trees and power lines within a two-block stretch in the western part of the city, according to the Fire Department.

“When we got here, you could barely walk down the street,” said David Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Hialeah Fire Department.

While “an area of rotation” was spotted in that area, Sean Miller, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said they have not yet confirmed that there was a touchdown. He said weather service specialist will visit the area in the morning to survey the damage.

Meanwhile, Rodriguez said the tornado was confirmed near West 76th Street between 17th and 19th avenues around 8 p.m. Large trees were uprooted and were blocking streets late into the night as crews worked to make streets passable.

FPL also responded to restore power. Palmetto General Hospital lost power, but it has since been restored, Rodriguez said.

No injuries or major structural damage was reported.

“We are urging people to avoid this area,” Rodriguez said.

A tornado touched down in Hialeah on Jan. 27, 2019, knocking down trees and power lines.

Carli Teproff grew up in Northeast Miami-Dade and graduated from Florida International University in 2003. She became a full-time reporter for the Miami Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news.
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