Path length: 3 miles

Width:  400 yards

Fatalities:  2

Injuries:  45

Rating:  F3

County:  Sarasota

Tornado Path

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SPC coordinates:  Start: 27.08 / -82.48   End:  27.07 / -82.42      

Note:  Exact tornado path may not be straight and/or continuous.


Four tornadoes were reported in the state of Florida on March 17, 1985.  The strongest occurred early in the AM.  It was given a rating of F3 and traveled a short path of 3 miles through parts of Sarasota County.  The tornado developed 2 miles SW of Venice and moved to 3 miles SE of town.  55 houses, many well-constructed, were destroyed.  220 other homes had minor to major damage.  A 65-year-old woman was killed inside a camper.  A 66-year-old man was killed while standing on his front porch.  45 people were injured.

Damage Photos from the March 1985 Storm Data Publication

Newspaper Clippings


The Storm Prediction Center

NCDC Storm Events Database

March 1985 Storm Data Publication

Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 1265.

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