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Short-lived tornado reported in Venice

The National Weather Service will release more information Tuesday.

VENICE, Fla — The National Weather Service said a short-lived tornado touched down for a time Monday evening.

It developed around the area near Wellfield Park before crossing the street and into a Publix store at 1445 E Venice Ave.

Images shared on Facebook showed downed trees and shopping carts tossed about at the store. Christine Strenkoski Robinson said Venice police and fire responded as parts of the building sustained damage.

The city of Venice said both goal posts at the Pop Warner football field were damaged, while the Publix store had damage to its roof. 

It's suspected a microburst -- a sudden gust of destructive winds -- ripped off a carport from someone's house on W. Desirade Avenue and sent it into another home.

A complete storm report, with information about the tornado's track and strength, is expected Tuesday, the NWS said.

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