Kings Point Delray damaged by possible tornado from Hurricane Ian

Hurricane Ian wreaked havoc in South Florida Tuesday night, spawning at least two confirmed tornadoes in Broward and a possible tornado that damaged Kings Point Delray.

In Kings Point, west of Delray Beach, an apparent hit left two people hospitalized and 35 others displaced, said Capt. Tom Reyes, spokesman for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

At around 9:15 p.m., fire crews were called about the possible tornado at the Normandy and Piedmont buildings in Kings Point, Reyes said. Crews found “widespread damage” to several cars and structural damage to some buildings, as well as uprooted trees.

One of the two people taken to hospital had been trapped in a bathroom, Reyes said, but was not injured.

A tree went through a section of a building’s roof, Reyes said, and the roof was strewn all over the road. Crews won’t be able to fully assess the damage until Wednesday morning, Reyes said.

At least two tornadoes touched down in Broward County, the National Weather Service Miami said.

The first tornado moved through Weston, Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise and Davie around 7:30 p.m., the weather service said.

The second tornado moved on a similar path through Pembroke Pines, Davie and Cooper City.

At North Perry Airport, several planes and hangars were damaged by a tornado in Pembroke Pines, said Arlene Satchell, spokeswoman for the airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

North Perry Airport will be temporarily closed while authorities assess the damage, Satchell said.

Residents reported downed trees and damage in Cooper City. Pasadena Lakes Elementary School in Pembroke Pines was reportedly damaged.

Battalion Chief Michael Kane, spokesman for Broward County Fire Rescue, said crews received calls Tuesday across Broward County about downed trees and minor flooding. He expects Wednesday to be a busy day for the rescue teams.

All of South Florida is under a tornado watch until at least 5 a.m. Wednesday, the weather service said.

West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Lake Worth, Riviera Beach and Palm Beach were under a tornado warning until 10 p.m. after a storm over Palm Beach International Airport was clocked north- west at 35 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

Southeast Palm Beach County, including Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Greenacres and Atlantis, was under a tornado warning until 10:30 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Hurricane Ian is expected to bring tropical storm conditions to South Florida through Thursday, including heavy rain, possible tornadoes and major flooding.

There were at least eight tornado warnings Tuesday night in Broward and Collier counties as Ian’s outer bands moved across South Florida.

What to do in the event of a tornado warning, according to the weather service:

  • Go to a safe indoor room away from windows.
  • If you are outdoors, get to a sturdy building quickly. Structures such as sheds, storage units, mobile homes or tents are not safe.
  • If you’re in a car and can’t get to safety, get out of your car and cover your head, or abandon your car and find a low area like a ditch.
  • Protect yourself from flying debris.

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