By Craig Setzer

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – An area of severe storms roared into South Florida early this morning with reports of tornadoes, wind damage, and flooding.

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CBS4 Chief Meteorologist Craig Setzer says the line was part of a bigger storm system that produced severe weather over the southern U.S. and Florida Panhandle Monday evening. This pattern of increased tornado activity is associated with strong El Nino events during the winter months in Florida.

Aftermath in Pembroke Pines after a tornado hit Tuesday morning. (Source: CBS4)

Aftermath in Pembroke Pines after a tornado hit Tuesday morning. (Source: CBS4)

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The increased jet stream winds over Florida during an El Nino winter frequently enhance the wind profiles needed for tornadic storms. While the threat for tornadoes is decreasing now, some heavy rainfall with gusty winds remains possible through mid-morning.

A cold front will pass late today bringing an end to the storm threat and a return to cooler and drier February weather.

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Craig Setzer