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Tornado touches down west of MIA; storms affect flights, neighborhoods

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MEDLEY, Fla. (WSVN) -- The skies opened up above South Florida Thursday, unleashing massive thunderstorms that flooded streets, delayed traffic, cut off electricity to thousands of households and created a storm of trouble for fliers at area airports.

Two tornadoes were reported west of Miami International Airport. One was confirmed to have touched ground three miles west of the airport, at around 3 p.m. The tornado warnings have since been canceled.

The tornado that touched down was categorized as an EF-0 tornado by the National Weather Service, considered the weakest of all possible tornadoes with winds between 65 and 85 mph. It damaged several trees, street signs and a vehicle, according to the National Weather Service.

Flood watches were in effect from Broward County through Miami-Dade County into the late evening. In Broward the flood watch expired at 5:45 p.m., but in Miami-Dade the flood advisory was in effect until 8:30 p.m.

Viewer video sent to 7News caught a funnel cloud forming in Doral. There is no word if it was the beginning of the tornado that did touch down.

The lack of visibility caused a pause in flights in and out of Miami International Airport for over an hour. There were 37 canceled departures and 25 canceled arrivals, as well as 52 delayed departures and 98 delayed arrivals.

In addition, 49 flights were diverted from MIA to area airports. Thousands of passengers were affected due to the weather.

At Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, 158 flights, both arrivals and departures, were delayed as a result of the weather. Six arrival and five departure flights were canceled.

Drivers in Broward have had to deal with five to six inches of flooding.

In Miami Beach, a 7News viewer caught a picture of a water spout that formed just offshore, just a mile off of Government Cut and lasted close to 10 minutes.

According to Florida Power & Light, the weather caused power problems and left 3,210 customers without electricity in Miami-Dade county. In Broward, 283 households were affected.

As of Friday morning, 12 people in Broward County were still without power and 126 people in Miami-Dade County were without power.
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