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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Miami FL
1039 PM EDT Tue Apr 10 2018

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 04/10/2018 BROWARD COUNTY TORNADO EVENT...

.OVERVIEW...Two tornadoes touched down in east central Broward 
County this afternoon as showers and thunderstorms interacted with
the east coast sea breeze that was pinned east of the Interstate 
95 corridor.

.DOWNTOWN FORT LAUDERDALE TORNADO...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated peak wind:    65 mph
Path length (statute):  3.47 miles
Path width (maximum):   60 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             Apr 10 2018 
Start time:             3:34 PM EDT
Start location:         1 ENE Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida
Start lat/lon:          26.128359 / -80.13438

End date:               Apr 10 2018
End time:               3:58 PM EDT
End location:           3 SE Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida
End_lat/lon:            26.092456 / -80.107940

Survey summary: NWS survey, in addition to videos received via 
social media, indicate that a weak tornado touched down in Downtown
Fort Lauderdale near Andrews Avenue and NE 5th Street, knocking 
over construction fencing and barriers. The tornado then moved 
southeast across Flagler Village, leading to minor tree damage in 
the vicinity of NE 1st Avenue and NE 4th Street. The tornado 
continued to move southeast, where video received via social media
shows the circulation crossing US 1 approximately near NE 1st 
Street. 

The circulation then appears to have lifted, before touching down
south of the Tarpon River in the Rio Vista neighborhood. Several 
streets with tree damage and minor debris, including trash cans, 
were observed near SE 11th Avenue and SE 7th Street and Rio Vista 
Boulevard and SE 10th Street. The tornado then likely crossed the 
south fork of the Tarpon River, where the damage path becomes 
diffuse as it moved across the SE 17th Street Causeway area and 
into the north end of Port Everglades, possibly briefly as a 
waterspout. Additional videos received via social media show that 
the circulation then likely moved back onshore on the extreme 
north end of the barrier island near Nova Southeastern University 
Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography and then 
quickly out into the Atlantic Ocean near the entrance to Port 
Everglades.

.FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD AIRPORT TORNADO...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated peak wind:    84 mph 
Path length (statute):  3.2 miles 
Path width (maximum):   40 yards 
Fatalities:             0 
Injuries:               0

Start date:             Apr 10 2018 
Start time:             4:25 PM EDT
Start location:         3 SSW Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida
Start lat/lon:          26.080 / -80.160

End date:               Apr 10 2018
End time:               4:36 PM EDT
End location:           5 SSE Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida
End_lat/lon:            26.065 / -80.111

Survey summary: Multiple eyewitness videos show a tornado touched
down along the northwestern side of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood 
International Airport near I-595, leading to damage to cargo and 
storage containers in the FedEx facility on the north side of the 
airfield. The tornado then moved east-southeast along the 
airport's northern taxiway, causing damage to a jet bridge on the 
north side of the terminal. The damage path becomes diffuse as it 
likely crossed Perimeter Road and US 1 along the immediate east 
side of the airport. The tornado then moved into the extreme 
southern end of Port Everglades, where multiple cargo containers 
were flipped and damaged, along with eyewitness reports of 
port-a-johns being tossed about. The tornado then likely crossed 
the intracoastal waterway, and moved across the barrier island 
within Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Port before moving 
offshore into the Atlantic Ocean. 

EF scale: The Enhanced Fujita scale classifies tornadoes into the
following categories.

EF0...weak......65 to 85 mph
EF1...weak......86 to 110 mph
EF2...strong....111 to 135 mph
EF3...strong....136 to 165 mph
EF4...violent...166 to 200 mph
EF5...violent...>200 mph

Note:
The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the events and publication in NWS 
Storm Data. 

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