No injuries after Sarasota tornado damages building with workers inside

No one is believed to have been injured in the brief tornado

SARASOTA, Fla. – Strong thunderstorms produced damaging winds and a weak tornado in Central Florida on Wednesday afternoon, knocking over trees and leaving behind substantial damage to at least one business.

The tornado is believed to have touched down near downtown Sarasota just after 2 p.m. and was only on the ground for a couple of blocks.


National Weather Service meteorologists gave the tornado a rating of EF-1, and said winds were estimated to be around 90 mph.

Photos from the scene near downtown Sarasota showed the twister knocked over several trees and did significant damage to an industrial building.

Workers told Tampa’s FOX13 that they were doing cabinet work when the storm hit and that the damaging winds lasted only around 10 seconds.

The area was not under a Tornado Warning when the twister moved through, but NWS said they were tracking the cell.

Meteorologists issued a special weather statement ahead of the storm warning about strong winds in Manatee and Sarasota counties and said the rotation on radar did not rise to the level of issuing a warning ahead of the storm.

The Sarasota Police Department reported there were no injuries.