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Old 04-14-2012, 02:14 PM   #1
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Storms moving through middle states

Prayers all are ok.

What do you or what can you do if your at a campground in this area? Do you move or can the RV handel it? Do you hold off from driving into it? (I woudl think) do youre route your entire course?

A storm like this I would avoid at all costs. They keep saying it's bad.

I am courious becuase this is my first trip in a rental in 43 days and all of a sudden weather seems important to me.
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Old 04-14-2012, 02:41 PM   #2
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We traveled through tornado alley several times and you always have to be on the lookout, especially in the spring. We travel with a weather radio and my wife has a NOAA app on her iPhone which is useful.

When we arrive at a park the first thing my wife asks is where the shelter is located and many do have them available in this area. Be vigilant and aware. We try to travel early in this region and check the weather on the net before we depart to help increase the chances that we can avoid serious weather.

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Slides in, jacks down, faced butt end to the wind if possible. And, if possible on the leeward side of a big building's parking lot.
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Most county/state campgrounds in Kansas and I believe in Oklahoma have cement shower houses which are the places to run to in a severe storm. You will probably get hail damage if you camp in this weather though...and no, an RV cannot handle tornadoes. They flip semitrailers like they are confetti. News reported people hiding under overpasses which seems like might be a safe thing to do, but if a tornado goes over it, it creates far more suction than a person can hang on though, and you are better off in a culvert or ditch, which hopefully/usually it will skip over.
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Slides in, jacks down, faced butt end to the wind if possible. And, if possible on the leeward side of a big building's parking lot.
But NOTif a tornado is headed your way! If a twister is coming GET OUT of any vehicle. You need to be inside a sturdy building. You are safer lying face down in a ditch with your head covered than in a car or RV. And never get up under a highway overpass for tornado protection. They become wind tunnels.

All that said, the good news about tornados is that the are better forecasting and warning systems every year. Being aware of the weather and having a plan before the storm hits is how you stay safe.
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Here is some info on tornado safety

Tornado Safety (Online Tornado FAQ)

Living in Oklahoma City for 20 years taught me to have a healthy repect for severe weather.
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thanks everyone, good information I will keep with me.
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Good info - had not thought of the cement shower houses that are in most cg in OK and surrounding areas.
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