Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Lady Lake Tornado - Five Years Later

Five years ago, just when I started out as a journalism student at the University of Florida, central Florida experienced a deadly tornado outbreak. Three tornadoes rolled through Sumter, Lake, and Volusia counties during the early morning hours of Feb. 2, 2007 and killed 21 people, making it the second deadliest tornado outbreak in Florida history (the deadliest being the February 1998 tornado outbreak). After hearing about the outbreak, I grabbed my notepad, voice recorder, and DSLR and headed to Lady Lake. I talked to those who were affected and grabbed a few shots of the aftermath. I was taken aback by the damage and destruction from a tornado that was roughly 15 miles from my parent's home. Here are a few photos from that day.

Men and Leafless Trees.

Damaged Home.

The Attorney General and the Governor.

The Flag Was Still There.

The Church (3).

Destroyed Mobile Home (2).

Toppled RVs.

Destroyed Mobile Home.