Weak Tornado Touches Down in Sarasota

A storm produced several “very weak and brief” tornadoes in the wider Tampa Bay area in west Florida on Tuesday, May 31, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

One tornado touched down in the Trinity area, causing damage to structures; a storm chaser captured a tornado forming over his family house in New Port Richey; a twister touched down in the Town ‘N’ Country community; and another — the tornado seen in this video shot by Hope Brassard — touched down near Interstate 75 in Sarasota County, the NWS said.

Brassard told Storyful the twister was in the area for about 10 to 15 minutes before dissipating. Photos she took, and which are included in the video, show a funnel cloud twisting after the tornado had touched down.

Brassard said those photos showed the twister “trying to form again and touch down” beside her apartment complex.

Along with the tornadoes, heavy hail and wind gusts up to 60 mph were recorded in several areas, the NWS said. Credit: Hope Brassard via Storyful

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