This Day in History: May 12, 1997 – The “Great Miami Tornado” Touches Down

Many tornadoes strike outside of urban areas, but one tornado struck a major metropolitan area in Florida on this day in history.

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Many tornadoes strike outside of urban areas, but one tornado struck a major metropolitan area in Florida on this day in history.

On the afternoon of May 12, 1997, a tornado touched down around 2pm Eastern time. The tornado crossed the highly-traveled Interstate 95 and then proceeded through downtown Miami.

The storm damaged apartment buildings, blew out windows of skyscrapers, and damaged cars. Several people were injured, but the F-1 rated tornado caused no deaths.

The storm is perhaps most remembered for being captured with numerous photos and videos as it moved through downtown portions of the south Florida city.


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