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Old 03-06-2011, 03:05 PM   #15
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Some great posts and info, appreciate it. Seems to me that one should try and know what the weather is forecasted, but sometimes that's a crap shoot. That being said, I am thinking I will pull into a site and unhook my TV, just in case. I would feel safer in my TV buckled up and maybe moving away from the tornado during daylight. If it's at night, who knows, you could move into it's path. Like was said, leaving the AS and laying down in some snake infested ditch sure isn't in the cards for the wifer, so the TV is the choice for safety.
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Old 03-06-2011, 03:07 PM   #16
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I'd try to get away if possible, but a ditch or a culvert seems safest if no storm cellar is available. You get dirty, but are more likely to not be hurt.

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Plus, if the camper survives you still have a shower, if it doesn't being a tad muddy is going to be pretty far down the list of problems.
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Source> Tornado Safety (Online Tornado FAQ)


In a mobile home:Get out! Even if your home is tied down, you are probably safer outside, even if the only alternative is to seek shelter out in the open. Most tornadoes can destroy even tied-down mobile homes; and it is best not to play the low odds that yours will make it. If your community has a tornado shelter, go there fast. If there is a sturdy permanent building within easy running distance, seek shelter there. Otherwise, lie flat on low ground away from your home, protecting your head. If possible, use open ground away from trees and cars, which can be blown onto you.


In a car or truck: Vehicles are extremely dangerous in a tornado. If the tornado is visible, far away, and the traffic is light, you may be able to drive out of its path by moving at right angles to the tornado. Otherwise, park the car as quickly and safely as possible -- out of the traffic lanes. [It is safer to get the car out of mud later if necessary than to cause a crash.] Get out and seek shelter in a sturdy building. If in the open country, run to low ground away from any cars (which may roll over on you). Lie flat and face-down, protecting the back of your head with your arms. Avoid seeking shelter under bridges, which can create deadly traffic hazards while offering little protection against flying debris.


In the open outdoors: If possible, seek shelter in a sturdy building. If not, lie flat and face-down on low ground, protecting the back of your head with your arms. Get as far away from trees and cars as you can; they may be blown onto you in a tornado.

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Old 03-06-2011, 03:23 PM   #18
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Seems to me that one should try and know what the weather is forecasted, but sometimes that's a crap shoot. Like was said, leaving the AS and laying down in some snake infested ditch sure isn't in the cards for the wifer, so the TV is the choice for safety.
When we've been spending the night in tornado country, we have access to radar in a couple of ways: (1) on the computer or smart phone, you can get weather and radar from the gov't website, (2) on TV the Weather Channel will focus on tornado info or a local TV station will. If you have HD TV, some local stations have a side channel with constant weather and radar, and (3) a weather radio will give you locations, and how fast and what direction tornados are moving.

You could get in the ditch and after the tornado passes, go find your wife and truck and administer first aid and call for an ambulance.

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Old 03-06-2011, 03:50 PM   #19
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We also live in tornado alley, central Illinois.

Our weather folks always say never to seek shelter under a bridge, because the rotating winds can pull you out and make you airborne. If you are caught on the highway, the safest place is a ditch as described above.

A few years ago, a small community north of us was devastated by a tornado, and many people killed who had sought shelter from their mobile homes in the sturdiest shelter around---a brick building in town. The building collapsed on them.

A rural business about 20 miles west of us had the foresight to stormproof their entire building, with I believe cement walls. All employees survived a direct hit a number of years ago because of it.

My young children and I survived a tornado about 30 years ago that came so quickly out of a thunderstorm, in the middle of the night, that sirens were not sounded. Huge trees fell and came through our kitchen window. We escaped without a scratch, although by the time we were awake and sheltered it was over.

Sometimes it's the luck of the draw, and just not your time to go.

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Generally one will not be caught unawares assuming a tested weather radio tuned for the county one is in and those surrounding. Certain times of year, and certain kinds of weather narrow things down. Having identified proper shelter beforehand is also good. Assume there will be no power afterwards and one will b cold & wet. Hail tends to surround these events in spring as well. Hat, gloves & boots as the top layer. Knapsacks with provisions.

I've run away, I've chased them. But even being on the edge is deeply impressive.
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Old 03-06-2011, 04:37 PM   #21
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I noticed on that YouTube the vehicles that were flying all over were small cars but the heavier trucks didn't move much. On an approaching tornado should one open a window? I understand if you don't, the change in pressure will do more harm than if you open a window.
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One additional tool available to those with Iphone, Ipad, or Android is an app called RadarScope. shows you your location via GPS and virtually all of the radar stations in the US. You can animate the last 45 min of actvity. it also displays severe weather warnings and outlines the are on the map for you. We were listening to the weather radio while we were camping this weekend at our second choice destination (first was full). When I heard the coastal alert, I checked radarscope and found that Goose Island was encompassed by a warning polygon stating that quarter size hale was to be expected.

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Best of all, stay out of tornado country—the Rockies for example rarely have seen tornados and if so, they are small. The 2 feet of snow will help protect you too.

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Old 03-06-2011, 07:57 PM   #25
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Best of all, stay out of tornado country—the Rockies for example rarely have seen tornados and if so, they are small. The 2 feet of snow will help protect you too.

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Hey, that's why I'm asking the questions. Living in Idaho we don't get many tornado's, but we are taking the AS on a 7500 mile trip to Tallahassee, Florida through some mighty good tornado country. This time of year one never knows what weather will do; sorta like Forest Gump and his chocolates.
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Well, Oklahoma is coming into tornado season soon.... I'd swear it lasts for 6 months.. at least it feels that way.
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There is always a ditch of some sort, go there.
The ditches in my favorite campground are full of al-E-gators.... yikes That thought occurred to me last summer when I heard the tornado sirens from the cape.

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