Rain and wind cause havoc at Sun n Fun in Lakeland Florida

Posted By on March 31, 2011


The annual Sun ‘n Fun air and trade show is a rite of spring for many pilots who regularly enjoy one of the premier fly-ins in the country. This year the weather in central Florida (Lakeland) did not cooperate and sent heavy ran and damaging winds through the airport ground. Early reports indicating that people were trapped in a collapsed hanger proved to be inaccurate, although there have been injuries.

Lakeland Regional Medical Center has received six patients with minor injuries." Early unconfirmed reports indicated people had been trapped in a collapsed building or tent.  Officials dispute those reports and say there are some injuries, but all people have been accounted for.

Polk Sheriff Grady Judd says seven people total were injured, including one person with a broken hip.

It has not been confirmed if damage was caused by a tornado. 

Tampa’s Ch 10 News

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  • CubPilot

    This was the email I received last night from SunNFun:
    March 30, 2011
    SUN ’n FUN Fly-In
    Wednesday, March 30, 2001
    4 p.m.

    Lakeland and Polk County are currently under a Tornado Watch until 8 p.m. tonight. A Tornado Watch is issued to alert people to the possibility of a tornado developing in our area. At this point, a tornado has not been seen but the conditions are favorable for a tornado to occur.
    In addition, there is the potential for severe weather tomorrow – Thursday, March 31 – from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the likelihood of high winds and the possibility of hail between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
    Please secure your aircraft, exhibit, tent and/or campsite and encourage others to do so immediately.
    The air show is on hold at this point until 5:15 p.m. Warbirds and the jump plane were launched earlier this afternoon but recalled due to winds gusting up to 30 m.p.h.
    Remember to keep safety as your top priority. Thank you for sharing this information with others.

    • Thanks for the update. Pulled up my Slingbox while making a coffee stop and there does look like significant airport and airplane damage. Hopefully minimal injuries.

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