PALM BEACH COUNTY TORNADO Rating: EF-0 TO EF-1 Estimated peak wind: 90 mph Path length (statute): 18 miles (discontinuous) Path width (maximum): 130 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start date: JAN 23 2017 Start time: AROUND 1:25AM EST Start location: LOXAHATCHEE, FL Start lat/lon: 26.7899/-80.3273 End date: JAN 23 2017 End time: AROUND 1:47AM EST End location: JUNO BEACH, FL End_lat/lon: 26.8931/-80.057 Survey summary: Additional information from storm spotters suggest the first touchdown occurred in northwest portion of The Acreage/ Loxahatchee and continued on the ground for about 3 miles before lifting. Damage in The Acreage consisted mainly of snapped pine trees and large branches, intensity EF-0. The track continued in the Mirabella neighborhood of Palm Beach Gardens west of Florida Turnpike between PGA Boulevard and Donald Ross Road, then followed a discontinuous path ENE across Palm Beach Gardens to Juno Beach where it moved offshore at the Juno Beach Pier. EF-1 damage was concentrated mainly in the Mirabella neighborhood and east of I-95 at The Benjamin School. A few homes had tiles removed in Mirabella, causing broken windows from flying debris. At The Benjamin School Upper Campus, a full set of metal bleachers was blown across a football field for at least 50 yards, with some of the pieces of the bleachers landing in an adjacent wooded area well over 100 yards away. Debris from this location ended up as far away as Dwyer High School about 500 yards east from the original location. At Dwyer High School, the tornadic winds as well as flying debris broke windows, damaged a softball field and caused a small hole in the ceiling over a classroom in the school`s main building. Damage estimates at Dwyer High School are in the $500,000 to $1 Million range. Most of the remainder of the damage along the path was rated EF-0 and consisted mainly of broken tree branches, uprooted trees and damage to mobile homes in Juno Beach. The tornado moved offshore at the Juno Beach Pier around 145 AM where an unconfirmed wind gust of 87 mph was recorded. A piece of the railing at the pier was removed, likely from the winds of the tornado.
MIAMI SPRINGS-HIALEAH TORNADO Rating: EF-0 TO EF-1 Estimated peak wind: 107 mph Path length (statute): 2.3 miles Path width (maximum): 123 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start date: JAN 23 2017 Start time: AROUND 3:45AM EST Start location: MIAMI SPRINGS, FL Start lat/lon: 25.8192/-80.3176 End date: JAN 23 2017 End time: AROUND 3:48AM EST End location: HIALEAH, FL End_lat/lon: 25.8334/-80.2853 Survey summary: The survey team has tentatively verified that a tornado touched down in the Miami Springs area just east of the Palmetto Expressway, between NW 55th St and NW 48th St. The tornado took a path to the east northeast, causing damage in multiple locations in Miami Springs, and then Hialeah, near the water plant. The damage path ended around the intersection of W 2nd Ave and W 12th St. During the time it was on the ground, the damage indicated that the tornado varied in strength between an EF-0 and an EF-1.
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.