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Old 03-06-2011, 10:04 AM   #1
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Tornado question

If you were camped in a campground and word of a tornado was close, and no real shelter was available, would you stick it out in your AS or get in your TV and buckle up?
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Old 03-06-2011, 10:21 AM   #2
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There is always a ditch of some sort, go there.
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Old 03-06-2011, 10:28 AM   #3
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Get in your car

If you have enough warning, get in the car and drive to a safe building. Otherwise, stay in the car.

Here's from a study done by Kent State University regarding mobile homes, which are tied down to the ground better than our Airstreams are:

"While conducting the first study in Georgia and Alabama in 1994, we were surprised by the common occurrence of cars or pickup trucks that remained upright with little damage near mobile homes that were destroyed and the mobile home occupants killed. After careful thought, it did not seem so surprising. After all, a modern car has a low center of gravity, a streamlined form, a protective interior, and is designed to encounter strong winds and protect occupants in case of a roll-over and other crashes. Our preliminary estimates showed that a door-handle-height wind speed of about 120 mph is required to tip a car, compared to perhaps 80 mph to tip a mobile home…

"A reasonable option for those in mobile homes without nearby shelter seemed to be to drive to one… rural mobile home residents with no nearby shelter may be safer getting into their vehicles and driving to a shelter when a tornado threatens, rather than running outside to lie down in the storm…

"For nearly half of the Americans who die from tornadoes, the last view they have of this world is the disintegrating interior of their mobile home."

The article is at http://my.execpc.com/~bkopp/ditch.html
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Old 03-06-2011, 10:28 AM   #4
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Keep aware of the weather

I always watch the forecasts. Hail is a major concern. Tornados...always.
If it looks grim and dangerous...I move, and move out early. Just get out of the path. If you get caught....Rodney is giving the best advice unless a shelter is available. You see the danger of staying in a vehicle of any kind every year around here.
YouTube - Tornado tosses cars 40 ft into the air
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Being from Kansas (Tornado) alley, I opt for ditch, under a bridge or low lying ground. They sell weather alert radios and I'd gave one with me. If you have advance warning get to a shelter.
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Anything that air can get under is a bad place to be in a tornado.
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Funny you should ask. We fulltime in our MH & had a small tornado touch down right here in Cleveland. Only 10 miles away. Our bus has a lot of windows. Our solution is to crack open the "Reserved for Tornado" bottle of wine & watch the lightning in the sky.

We do have a realty plan should we actually see a funnel. We each grab a dog & go lay down in a 2' ditch about 30' from our front door. It's at a base of a wooded hill.

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A 1994 study is way out of date now with new standards for mh. That said, I would still get out of it! zz
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If you were camped in a campground and word of a tornado was close, and no real shelter was available, would you stick it out in your AS or get in your TV and buckle up?
What any tornado will or will not do, is totally unpredictable.

I would head out ASAP in the opposite direction, as fast as my feet would carry me to my vehicle, so that I could even go faster, the "OTHER" way.

The trailer, and it's contents, can be replaced, but life cannot.

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Airstream in a Tornado!

My advice...RUN AWAY!!
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Definitely get out of the trailer. Even a car or truck isn't safe. Not only do you have to be concerned about the vehicle or trailer being destroyed by the force of the tornado but if you are in a wooded area it is very possible a tree will topple over onto the vehicle you're in. This can occur even if the tornado doesn't have a direct hit. I would get in my vehicle and go to the safest location possible or drive in a direction that is 45deg. from the path of the tornado.
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As that Kent State study said, "However, when the tornado siren starts blowing or the Weather Channel screen turns red, few are willing to gather the family and leave their mobile home to run outside into a severe thunderstorm with heavy rain, lightning, hail, and flying debris to lie down in a water-filled ditch to await a tornado."

Maybe we can gather a petition to Jackson Center and request a tornado basement shelter option for new Airstreams?
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A lot of people get under a bridge, but they can become a wind tunnel sending you flying. If it takes 120 mph to tip a car, that's comforting if the tornado is nice enough to be below 120 mph (enhanced Fujita scale of 2 and up). Of course it may send something through the car windows anyway.

We have a weather radio and it has proved very useful crossing Kansas. When we heard of a tornado that was going to cross the interstate, Barb increased her speed to 80+ (no trailer then) and we beat the tornado. But you can't always do that or find the road that goes away from it's path. That was a trip where there were tornado watches and warnings from eastern Indiana to eastern Colorado. We drove fast and long hours to get through there—several tornados were 10 miles or so from us.

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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