Cold front to move in on South Florida; severe storms move out

Cold front to move in on South Florida; severe storms move out

A line of fast-moving storms hit the region Sunday afternoon, with all of South Florida under a tornado watch through 2 p.m. After the storms passed, there was a collective sigh of relief.

“For the rest of the day, expect a gradual drying to begin as the squall line continues to move further east into the Atlantic waters and the Bahamas,” the National Weather Service said after canceling the tornado watch. “Breezy, cloudy and much drier conditions will persist for much of the remainder of the day although a few weak showers cannot be ruled out.”

Broward County escaped with no storm damage, said Michael Kane, battalion chief for Broward Fire Rescue.

“It rained for 15 minutes and that was pretty much it,” Kane said.

Palm Beach County also fared well, said Teri Barbera, a spokeswoman with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

A tornado warning for Miami-Dade County was allowed to expire at 11:30 a.m. Sunday and there were no immediate reports of a tornado touchdown in the area.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue posted a video shortly before 1 p.m. that showed trees knocked down by the storm.

“As we experience inclement weather, we encourage you to remain off the roads,” the post warned. “However, if you are driving, keep caution on the road. Gusty winds may cause roads to be blocked by debris. Stay alert, avoid driving too closely to the vehicle in front of you, and watch your speed.”

A cold front moving through South Florida Sunday is bringing a chill that will likely stick around for most of the coming week.

Temperatures were expected to dip into the lower 60s and 50s on Sunday night, with highs on Monday not expected to rise above the lower 70s. Beaches throughout South Florida were expected to see hazardous conditions starting Sunday and lasting throughout the week.

Some in South Florida some took to social media, sharing videos and photos of Sunday’s stormy weather.

Forecasters at National Weather in Miami posted this warning on social media at 10:30 a.m.: “Heads up, metro Miami! The squall line is now approaching the western suburbs of Miami-Dade County where a Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect. Torrential downpours and gusty winds to 60 mph are likely over the coming hour.”

Another, more reassuring post came at 12:15 p.m.: “The squall line is now offshore of Broward and Miami-Dade Counties and the severe threat is quickly diminishing for these areas. For Palm Beach County, a few showers and storms are heading towards the PBC metro area, which should clear over the next hour or so.”

Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade, as well as mainland Monroe, Collier and Hendry counties on the west coast, were all under a tornado watch that expired Sunday at 2 p.m.

Susannah Bryan can be reached at sbryan@sunsentinel.com. Follow me on X @Susannah_Bryan