Officials confirmed a tornado hit a section of North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines, damaging several aircraft and hangars
By NBC 6
Tornadoes spawned by Hurricane Ian overturned small planes, uprooted trees and unleashed more damage Tuesday evening throughout South Florida.
Officials at North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines confirmed a tornado hit a section of the airport, damaging several aircraft and hangars.
Several images showed small planes destroyed and turned completely upside down. No injuries were reported.
North Perry Airport was shut down temporarily for officials to fully assess the damage.
Tornado warnings were issued Tuesday for Broward County as Hurricane Ian approached Florida’s Gulf Coast.
One tornado started in Miami Gardens, moved to Pembroke Pines, Miramar, and onto Cooper City, and there was damage consistent with a second possible tornado two miles southwest of Hollywood.
In one Cooper City neighborhood, a tornado pulled a massive oak tree from the ground on Southwest 99th Lane. The tree appeared to have snapped at the roots, before falling into the street below.
Neighbor Jeff Palmer said he wasn’t at home when strong winds swept through his neighborhood but told NBC 6 his wife was.
“I got a call, she was freaking out,” said Palmer. “She said it sounded like a train was coming by. She quickly ran, and grabbed the kids, grabbed the dog, and ran into the bathroom.”
Neighbors said no one was injured by the falling tree.
At a news conference Wednesday, Broward County Mayor Michael Udine said there had been no injuries or loss of life reported from the nasty weather.