The National Weather Service has confirmed Miami Springs took a direct hit from a Tornado during the early morning hours of January 23, 2017. Here`s the statement from the National Weather Service:
Survey summary: the survey team has tentatively verified that a tornado touched down in the Miami Springs area just east of the Palmetto expressway, between NW 55th St and NW 48th St. (Milam Dairy area). The tornado took a path to the east northeast, causing damage in multiple locations in Miami Springs, (crossing from the railroad yard to Miami Springs bird section – Ludlam and Plover – then through the clay pits – dog park) and then Hialeah, near the water plant. The damage path ended around the intersection of W 2nd Ave and W 12th St. During the time it was on the ground, the damage indicated that the tornado varied in strength between an EF-0 and an EF-1. A finalized report will be issued once the survey team completes their findings.
Ef scale: the Enhanced Fujita scale classifies tornadoes into the following categories.
EF0… weak… … 65 to 85 mph
EF1… weak… … 86 to 110 mph
EF2… strong… .111 to 135 mph
EF3… strong… .136 to 165 mph
EF4… violent… 166 to 200 mph
EF5… violent… >200 mph
Note: the information in this statement is preliminary and subject to change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS storm data.
Here are more images of the aftermath left by the tornado in Miami Springs: