Lauderdale Air Show Cancelled Due to Severe Weather

Severe weather conditions shut down the Air Show Sunday

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    NBC 6
    The Lauderdale Air Show was cancelled Sunday due to severe weather, Fort Lauderdale Police said.

    The second day of Lauderdale Air Show was cancelled Sunday due to severe weather conditions, the Fort Lauderdale Police Department said.

    This is the first time the show is cancelled, according to  Chuck Malkus, air show spokesman.

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    He said though the jets can fly through most conditions, the show was cancelled for the public’s safety.

    “Safety is our number one priority and the general public should not be outdoors today with a severe weather storm,” he told NBC 6.

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    The Lauderdale Air Show returned after five years Saturday. The show will also run from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. (Published Sunday, Apr 29, 2012)

    A flood watch was in effect in parts of South Florida early Sunday morning and expected through Monday night.

    The Lauderdale Air Show had a 13-year run before taking a five-year hiatus from the beaches of Fort Lauderdale, Malkus said.

    The event was scheduled to take place both Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. and usually rakes in about one million viewers, he said.

    This year, he predicted 475,000 people poured in Saturday to watch the Thunderbirds race across the sky.

    Though the show won’t go on, it’s definitely coming back next year, according to Malkus.

    “We are absolutely coming back, we’re excited to return,” he said.

    Organizers said in an email that the air show will honor the tickets for Sunday in 2013.

    "Tickets will be released as soon as 2013 dates are confirmed. We appreciate the support of our sponsors and patrons, and look forward to brining the show back in the future," Dev Motwani, show organizer, said in an email.

    Police said the road closures related to the event are still in effect. Organizers with the show said tents and equipment were being moved and the roads would remain closed until 7 p.m.