KENDALL (CBSMiami) – Broward County and Miami-Dade County residents were under severe thunderstorm warnings Friday afternoon as wind, rain and even hail impacted much of the area.
The National Weather Service received reports from the public of hail up to a quarter in size around parts of Sawgrass Mills.
Penny-sized hail was reported in Margate.
A mobile home in Southeast Markham Park had siding torn off of it.
In Miami-Dade County, residents reported multiple trees down at Miccosukee Golf and Country Club and on Bird Road and 152nd Avenue.
Wind gusts in excess of 60 mph were reported around the West Kendall area.
“The thundering was so close it was like on top of my roof,” said 11-year-old Paola Baritto who witnessed the storm. “I was feeling nervous. It was like a tornado or a hurricane.”
Wind uprooted trees and snapped limbs.
“All of the trash cans were taken down by the wind and everything I was like wow calm down,” added the witness.
Dave Carter’s home was damaged in Broward County.
“Before you know it we started hearing hail,” Carter said. “And everything was covered.”
In Davie, the wild weather ripped side panels from a home and in Weston, rain flooded out streets just in time for rush hour.
The storm also temporarily knocked out power for thousands across Broward and Miami-Dade.
“I was with my granddaughter and she was crying because she has never seen that before,” said Anabelle Sorto. The lights went off so we experienced a very, very bad time,” added Sorto.
While some were caught off guard by the severe storms, most people said there was nothing freaky about this Friday the 13th weather, just a typical summer in South Florida.
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