Storms Keep AirVenture Crowds Alert - WBAY

Storms Keep AirVenture Crowds Alert

Oshkosh - The grounds at EAA AirVenture were a bit wet Tuesday night after strong storms moved in at the conclusion of the air show.

As dark clouds moved in and the wind picked up, aviation enthusiasts had a different reason to keep their eyes to the skies.

"Planes are designed to create lift and takeoff. So it's important that people understand strong winds and thunderstorms, potential tornado conditions, and that they use that to secure their airplanes, as well as securing themselves to stay safe," said Jamie Zajac, meteorologist with WSI Aviation.

No damage was reported, but some smaller items were blown over.

If severe weather should move in during AirVenture, EAA has a plan in place.

"We have ways of telling people throughout the grounds whether they need to move to shelter, whether they need to tie down their airplanes," said Dick Knapinski, EAA spokesperson. "We do it via our public address system here. We do it via text messaging, through social media, and through going around the grounds if necessary to help people understand if there's an imminent threat."

Heavy rain and sudden storms have been a problem at AirVenture in the past, but promoters say storm damage is rare.

For the nearly half a million visitors, many of which camp outside, weather is always a concern.

"We had great weather the past couple of days, but it's also really humid, and there's a lot of moisture in the atmosphere as well. So we might see some thunderstorms coming in over the next few days, and people should be prepared for that," said Zajac.

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