Path length: 3 miles
Width: 400 yards
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
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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