225 flights were delayed and 18 cancelled at the Fort Lauderdale airport were delayed yesterday when a tornado touched down on the northwest part of the airport.
The tornado shut down a runway around 4:30 p.m. and “blew luggage trolleys into the airfield.” It sat “from 4:25 p.m. to 4:36 p.m. and stretched for just over 3 miles at a width of 40 yards.”
The tornado, which was about 40 yard wide and reached speeds of about 84 mph, moved to the extreme southern end of Port Everglades, where it damaged multiple cargo containers. Witnesses reported that portable toilets were tossed about amid the heavy winds.
It was 7:30 p.m. before debris was cleared and the runway could be re-opened. Here’s video:
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Airport goers in Fort Lauderdale, FL got a scare on Tuesday when they saw this, a confirmed EF-0 tornado! You can see debris flying and a large van rocking right below the window. #Tornado #FortLauderdaleairport pic.twitter.com/H3zDXsfOhc
— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) April 11, 2018
This was a relatively weak “EF-0” tornado.
(HT: Jessica Puckett)