Tornado damage in Venice after strong storms Monday evening

Tornado damage in Venice after strong storms Monday evening
A small tornado touched down in the City of Venice between 5:40 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Monday. (Source: Christine Robinson)

VENICE, Fla. (WWSB) - A small tornado touched down in the City of Venice between 5:40 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Monday.

The National Weather Service says the short-lived tornado hit at Wellfield Park and then crossed Venice Avenue and went right at the Publix store.

Cars were pushed into other cars and trees were ripped out in the shopping center parking lot at the Venice Commons Publix on East Venice Avenue.

A tornado hit the Publix on Venice Ave. on June 1.
A tornado hit the Publix on Venice Ave. on June 1. (Source: Christine Robinson)

Christine Robinson was in the store when the tornado hit. She wrote on social media “People are on the floor. Alarms went off. Venice FD on scene. It looks like everyone is fine," and later added an update of “I am home. The VFD and VPD were awesome as were Publix employees. They made sure the power was off before we went back to our cars.”

Publix lost power in the storm and was forced to close down for the evening. The store also sustained damage to the roof.

A tornado hit the Publix on Venice Ave. on June 1.
A tornado hit the Publix on Venice Ave. on June 1. (Source: Christine Robinson)

Firefighters assisted in restoring the store’s power.

We also were sent pictures from Vikings Field in Venice where more damage could be seen.

Tornado damage at Venice Vikings Field on June 1.
Tornado damage at Venice Vikings Field on June 1. (Source: Rebecca Queen)
Tornado damage at Venice Vikings Field on June 1.
Tornado damage at Venice Vikings Field on June 1. (Source: Rebecca Queen)
Tornado damage at Venice Vikings Field on June 1.
Tornado damage at Venice Vikings Field on June 1. (Source: Rebecca Queen)
Tornado damage at Venice Vikings Field on June 1.
Tornado damage at Venice Vikings Field on June 1. (Source: Rebecca Queen)

Here are other reports of damage:

- Wellfield Park damage to goal posts on the Pop Warner field

- In Bay Indes, a carport was ripped off on West Desirade Avenue. That carport ended up hitting another home.

- On Cypress Avenue, a house was struck by lightning, ripped a 4 by 8 foot hole in the roof.

No injuries have been reported.

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