First A Tornado, Then MORE Storms Through The Week

DeLand, Fl, got hammered this past week… first by a tornado that did extensive damage to the city and its residents and businesses, and then later in the week, severe storms hammered the popular airport best known for being the home of the annual DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase.

Airport officials noted that, “Three aircraft were severely damaged at DeLand Municipal Airport after a storm producing gusts of more than 70 mph ripped through north DeLand Thursday night.

At around 6:35 p.m., the storm, which produced a wind gust of up to 72 miles per hour according to a National Weather Service station at the airport, flipped one plane upside down and severely damaged two others. Several other planes sustained minor damage from flying debris.

Three T-Hangars at the airport had doors pushed in and the doors of other hangars were lifted up off their tracks. Damage, however, was minimal and the city’s facilities crews had mostly repaired all of the buildings by mid-morning.

City crews have also canvassed the surrounding area for any additional damage but mostly observed downed limbs.”

Earlier in the week, the surrounding city didn’t fare so well, either. “Based on estimates from the Volusia County Property Appraiser’s Office, we’re looking at roughly $7.4 million in total damage from the tornado between properties in the city and in unincorporated areas of DeLand.”