Last Updated Feb 16, 2016 1:30 PM EST
MIAMI – South Florida residents were reporting fierce winds and downed trees a day after suspected tornadoes tied to a vast storm system turned several homes to rubble in the northwest corner of Florida’s Panhandle and in Mississippi.
CBS Miami reports this pattern of increased tornado activity is associated with strong El Nino events during the winter months in Florida.
While a tornado touchdown has not been officially confirmed by officials, several Miami-area residents reported seeing one.
A strong line of thunderstorms passed through Miami-Date County just before 9 a.m. Tuesday, National Weather Service meteorologist Chuck Caracozza said. The same system went through Palm Beach and Broward counties during the morning commute, bringing dark skies, heavy rain and wind.
National Weather Service meteorologist Chuck Caracozza said teams from the agency would survey the area to determine whether a tornado touched down. He said wind and rain would be out of the region by mid-day, leaving colder weather with temperatures expected to dip to around 60 degrees in South Florida on Tuesday night.