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Photos: Lightning strike destroys gumbo limbo tree in Miami Springs


Photos by Theo Karantsalis/For the Miami Herald 

Amid a severe thunderstorm warning Thursday night, lightning struck a mature gumbo limbo tree in Miami Springs.

The tree, on the 100 block of South Drive, took a direct hit to its crown, shooting branches onto the busy roadway during the evening commute. 

"The future of the tree won't be addressed until tomorrow," said Miami Springs City Manager Ron Gorland. 

Miami Springs wasn't the only area in South Florida to experience severe weather Thursday. A lightning strike at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport jolted two workers and took a plane out of service.



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