MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Heavy rain and thunderstorms pounded parts of South Florida Thursday morning causing some dangerous situations.
For some residents in Boca Raton, their morning started off with tornado that touched down just after 7:30 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. Winds reached up to 110 miles per hour.
The tornado left uprooted trees in its path including one that fell on a house. Some residents had damage to their fences. Another home was left with a crumpled metal garage door.
Resident Steve Mitchell was painting in his kitchen when the tornado hit, buckled his garage door and blew down his fence.
In other parts of South Florida, the bad weather struck while others were on the street.
At southwest 8th street, Silvia Blanco was sitting in her car when a tree limb came crashing down onto it.
Earlier in the day, a Broward Sheriff’s (BSO) deputy was shocked while directing traffic since the lights were out due to the bad weather.
BSO said the deputy was standing about 20-feet from a signal box at the corner of University Drive and Southgate Boulevard. That’s when he felt a jolt. He was taken to the hospital for observation but is said to be doing fine.
As of 10 a.m. crews were working to replace the box.
In Miami-Dade County, drivers had to make their way around a tree that fell in the middle of the street just before 10:00 a.m.
The tree fell onto a car on SW 27th Avenue and SW 8th Street.
According to the driver of that car, she was waiting at a red light and it was windy and rainy when the tree limb fell on her car.
She said no one tried to help her.
She also said everyone was honking at her to get out of the way. Fortunately, she said, her car was not totaled.
In Surfside on 91st Street, drivers and residents had to deal with flooded streets during their morning commute.
The rainy weather is expected to go in and out throughout Thursday.