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Old 04-30-2014, 06:56 AM   #15
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This is my perception as a non-expert. Many of the storms that generate tornadoes form in the deep south a day or 2 before you get tornadoes in GA, NC, SC, MO, KS, etc. So pay a lot of attention to storms forming in TX and Gulf of Mexico this time of year.

If there is a big storm brewing in TX on Monday, you probably don't want to be in OK, KS, MO, etc in the following day or 2.

Just checked local weather and this map was on the home page of The Weather Channel. Even though I'm in VA, this storm is like an arrow pointing right at NC and VA.

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Old 04-30-2014, 07:37 AM   #16
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Stores like wal-mart are like metal storage sheds, avoid.

more schools are getting FEMA financed storm shelters. School kids during the day get priority, at nite I'm waiting to see if school personnel will open them after school hours.

not all camp grounds have storm shelters, including commercial ones. Just ask where nearest one is. On the plains you can see forever, in in forest and hilly areas not so much so again I stress the use of weather stations on your I-phone, tablet, whatever you carry.....the GPS will target it into regional area. Missed many ice storms this past jan. as I worked my way north back to Mo. from big bend by using accuweather or wonder weather.

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Old 04-30-2014, 08:06 AM   #17
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Old 04-30-2014, 08:23 AM   #18
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A few years ago I was heading to a dog show a few states away, taking a lot of secondary roads. During the long trip tornado warnings/watches came up, I saw people parked and huddled under overpasses, the radio is reporting tornados on the ground in _______ and I had NO freaking idea *WHERE* that town was! Also reports of tornadoes moving NE out of such and such town or county and I had no idea WHERE anything was! Was it behind, beside or in front of me? VERY frustrating!

Spent the next 30 minutes with my ears between my shoulder blades, head on spincycle, and eyes glued to the sky.

Definately a trip to remember!

Not too long after that, I was passing through eastern TN when warnings of sighted tornadoes came up and it was MUCH easier this time to find out what was going on where. I think it was because I was on an interstate.

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Old 04-30-2014, 08:30 AM   #19
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While I've still never actually seen a tornado, we've had them go very near to us. While living in Wisconsin, a tornado or associated straight line winds came up from Pepin, WI over Durand, WI during early night and flattened our tall pine trees in the back yard. It did sound like a train! It also deposited millions of mosquitoes in our town from the Mississippi River.

While camping at the KOA in Moline, IL, a tornado warning was issued while I was in our UHaul VT around 9 p.m.. The campground sent around a truck blaring "We don't have a shelter... stay in your trailers." The tornado was spotted about a mile SW of me and it jumped the campground according to the Doppler Radar report. The VT rocked a little bit, but no damage. In hindsight, getting out of the trailer and hiding down the river bank might have been safer so things would have blown over.

We were also alerted to a huge storm in South Dakota near Mitchell two years ago in May. We pulled off I-90 into a truck stop and they had us all get away from the windows, but not below ground. The storms went around, but we saw the damage when we started up again.

Bottom line... keep the radio on to a station where you can get storm updates. Also, check your smartphone for radar updates if storms are possible. I check about once an hour to see where the lines of storms are going. Don't be afraid of traveling... just be aware!
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Old 04-30-2014, 09:00 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by carlkeigley View Post
Getting under an overpass seems logical, but the laws of physics
is against you. It will suck you out and who knows what. The
power actually magnifies under the overpass. Kind of a venturi effect.
Good info to know!
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Old 04-30-2014, 09:48 AM   #21
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I travel mostly secondary routes and carry a road map so I don't get too lost. Most radio/tv stations announce counties for watches/warnings and I don't know my counties when I travel...they will announce spotted tornadoes heading toward such and such town therefore the paper map. Our heavy thunder/lightening storms without tornado watches can be rather unsettling to me so if I am on the road, I find a town close by and go shopping or get acoffee and let the brunt of the storm blow over.

Local media (regional) is pretty good at alerting us to potential adverse weather, often a couple of days in advance so we can sort of prepare...in fact they get a little excited.
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Old 04-30-2014, 10:39 AM   #22
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In a way I think there is more risk from lesser storms than there is from Tornados. The tornado will have a devastating impact on a small area, the rest of the storm or even bad storms that don't spawn tornadoes cover a much larger area.

Damage to canopies and awnings, damage from loose and blowing camping equipment in a campsite, or really bad driving conditions are a more frequent if less devastating issue to be aware of.

Much of the same advice applies, hunker down and wait for it to pass. To which I would add make sure your equipment is set up or stowed appropriately for coming weather. Look around and make sure you upwind neighbors have done the same. Steel frame recliner folding chair will do some real damage hitting a car or FGRV driven by a 45 mph wind.
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Old 04-30-2014, 09:56 PM   #23
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Old 04-30-2014, 10:12 PM   #24
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appreciating the answers

Karen, I'm glad you asked the question.
Here too in Ontario we only get a couple of sightings a year, and I've only seen a few trees snapped. So we have nil experience dealing with the devastation a tornado causes. It breaks my heart to see those families.
Why is it that tornado alley homes have few basements? Does it have to do with water tables?
thanks everybody for the suggestions.
We are hoping to do route 66 next year, and Springfield, Mo this June. I better start figure out those apps. Tornado season seems to be longer lately.
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Old 04-30-2014, 10:34 PM   #25
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I can't help, I just cringe when reading these kinds of posts. I suppose when camping it's a lot like going into a movie theatre... find where the EXITS are before you sit down. Here on the Pacific side of the continent, most of our "shower houses" are built out of concrete blocks. I would imagine those are safer than inside an all molded towable during a tornado. But then again, what do I know?

Be safe everyone!
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Originally Posted by Receo View Post
This is the number one solution.
And know how to trust and be thankful.

Tornado Alley; Bible Belt.
Oh, I don't know...................LOL
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Old 05-01-2014, 01:06 AM   #27
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I'm a little late but, My course of action was toss few clothes in Jeep haul butt away from prior location.... a tornado was on ground about a mile away. I could see it from top of hill by my Scamp. Went to work not knowing what I'd come back to in the morning. The tornado is part of it then, debris from it it can fall out sky 1/4 mile or more from it.
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Old 05-01-2014, 06:16 PM   #28
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thanks again all....I just downloaded an app for my phone and ipad called, Storm Shield...and well, will do what I can to stay alert and use the precautions everyone mentioned. I'm not about to stress over it....esp. now that I have some good info. in my tool box. I'll let you know how it goes....


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