Storms packing wind gusts of up to 60 mph ripped though parts of South Florida Monday afternoon, leaving in its wake downed trees, broken fences and fallen palm fronds.
Some of the hardest hit areas in Miami-Dade included Doral and Sweetwater, where large trees blocked roadways including 109th Avenue near Florida International University.
“This was a pretty intense storm," said Claudia Miro, a spokeswoman for Sweetwater. “Sweetwater is not new to bad weather. We are used to dealing with these storms that roll in and roll out with no notice.’’
Oscar Rubido was inside Rubido’s Grocery Monday, when the storm came barreling in. He said they lost power three times.
“It was really bad,” he said. “There were trees everywhere.”
While much of South Florida got drenched Monday, there were at least two storms — one around Sweetwater and the other in Northeastern Broward — that packed the biggest punch, said Chuck Caracozza, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
The storms, typical for this time of year, rolled through around 4 p.m. and lasted for about an hour, Caracozza said.
On Northwest 97th Avenue in Doral, cars swerved around downed tree limbs. At least four or five trees fell at Women’s Park, 10251 W. Flagler St.
Andres Acosta, who frequents the park, said he couldn’t believe he slept through the storm.
“I woke up and came here and I was surprised to see everything that had happened,” he said.
By Monday evening, the storm chances diminished, but Caracozza said the storms may be back Tuesday.
“It’s the rainy season,” he said.