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Old 04-04-2015, 09:14 AM   #1
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Unhappy Severe Weather "What would you do?"

Sorry for the "unpleasant thought" but "What Would You Do"? Your driving down the interstate and all of a sudden you start to get high winds, rain and large hail. Watching the weather and news lately, looks like the severe weather is here again for the summer. Everyone, or almost, everyone is pulling off to the side of the road. Do you? Then, there's the hail that is getting larger by the second. Of course, no overpass is available or if so, it has vehicles under it. Do you pull over and attempt to throw a heavy quilt or comforter over your windshield or mirrors? Of course, nothing can protect your MH or Trailer roof or windows but what about being able to drive and see "after" the storm. Also, getting insurance work done in the storm area is time consuming and most likely, the parts will not be available in that area because of the immense demand. Realize that having access "prior to getting on the hi way, of a local weather channel is paramount, but many times weather patterns change. What are your thoughts??? Again, Sorry for the unpleasant thoughts.

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Old 04-04-2015, 10:50 AM   #2
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We encountered high winds in Texas due to a thunderstorm. No sense taking the chance of getting blown over in a crosswind, so we pulled over and put down the jacks. The storm passed with no damage. I'd also pull over in any hail as well, better not to add forward speed to hail's damaging forces.

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Old 04-04-2015, 01:09 PM   #3
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We've been in a few situations of tornados.

1. Have a weather radio with you and know what county you are in.

2. If you have an immediate warning. Stop. Don't try to drive out of it.

3. Don't park under trees

4. If on the interstate, move away from the RV (it might get tipped over) and lay in a gully, if available.

5. We also have a 'grab case' of important papers setting by the door which we can easily take.

6. Once, during a tornado/large hail storm in Oklahoma we saw an overpass near so we drove there and stopped. Afterward, when talking to folks in this 'tornado alley' we were told that's the worst place to be during a tornado as the winds will blow through fiercely. On that one, we did escape baseball-size hail because of where we were parked and the tornado came through a mile away. Scary time!

7. If in a campground the best place is the restrooms which are many times, concrete blocks. We've spent some serious party-time with others in the Alabama bathrooms in the state parks. Everyone in those parks know the drill: take your lawn chair, water, radio and head on out. Park rangers will often go door-to-door to get you out of your RV.

8. Tornado warnings are nothing to be casual about. They are serious.
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I keep a close watch on the weather on my route, if things start looking bad I will stop & check the radar several times a day & plan on stops in campgrounds or Walmarts & get parked when red & yellow start appearing on the rader.
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Old 04-17-2015, 09:18 PM   #5
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Well for sure I wouldn't get out of the coach. Hail can and will beat you to death, especially if it is large.
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