Tornado Rips Through Sun 'n Fun 2011
IAC tent flattened, but volunteers okay
By Reggie Paulk, Editor – In the Loop, Sport Aerobatics
Photos Trish Deimer
IAC Manager Trish Deimer was in the merchandise tent when the storm hit. She described the approach of the storm as a driving rain; the only warning of a tornado came when a side of the tent blew in. She and a small group of people took shelter in a corner of the tent as the winds and rain raged outside. When she stepped outside after the storm subsided, she was shocked at the amount of damage surrounding them. Here are a couple photos she snapped with her cell phone immediately after the storm.
IAC Volunteer Jean Taylor was manning the aerobatic tent near the warbird ramp and took shelter in her car parked nearby. She snapped the opening photo to this story immediately after the storm; her car can be seen under the collapsed tent. She described the car as drivable but totaled. We’re just thankful she’s okay. You can read more about the storm and its aftermath by visiting EAA’s Sun ’n Fun page.