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Vicious tornado flips cars as it lands in South Florida

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A vicious tornado flipped cars, uprooted trees and destroyed buildings on Saturday as severe weather battered South Florida.

Horrifying video captured when the twister landed and passed through a car driving through Palm Beach Gardens around 5 p.m.

The vehicle was thrown into the air and flipped twice before being thrown onto the sidewalk.

The twister continued to wreak havoc in the city and caused a huge pile-up of vehicles when it slammed into the Palm Beach Gardens apartment complex, pictures show.

“I watched him for about 20 seconds to see which way he was going to move and then obviously when I saw him getting closer to us I immediately closed the slider, went back, huddled in the room bath, the building started to shake, there was a lot of noise for 20-25 seconds,” Andrew Laybourne, a resident of the apartment, told WPBF.

The National Weather Service confirmed that the tornado touched down in the city.

The agency is still assessing the damage in its path and will rate the strength of the tornado in the coming days.

Meteorologists had warned the state to expect severe weather and possible tornadoes throughout the weekend.

A tornado swept away a car that was traveling in Palm Beach Gardens on Saturday.
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Brutal twister picks up the car and launches it down the road
The car was overturned and overturned on the road.
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Brutal twister picks up the car and launches it down the road
The tornado slammed into a nearby apartment complex and threw several parked cars.
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NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center has placed about 12 million people across Florida and southern Georgia in a Level 2 risk for severe weather.

The thunderstorms were crossing the Gulf of Mexico from Texas, which was hit by hail and strong winds on Thursday.

Officials said the peninsula could also experience damaging winds, tornadoes, large hail and heavy rain through Saturday evening.

“Additional strong to severe thunderstorms remain possible in our area overnight through Sunday,” said the NWS.

“A second line of strong to severe thunderstorms is expected to develop in the early morning and move through the area through Sunday afternoon.”

At least 4,000 customers lost power in the storm, but most regained power Friday evening, according to PowerOutage.us.



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