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Old 03-15-2005, 05:57 PM   #1
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Tornado "season" is coming, if the is a season for them.

This is FEMA's, http://www.hutchinsoneoc.org/FEMAtorn.htm,
"what to do" if caught in a tornado:

"Never try to out drive a tornado in a car or truck. Tornadoes can change direction quickly and can lift up a car or truck and toss it through the air.

Get out of the car immediately and take shelter in a nearby building.

If there is no time to get indoors, get out of the car and lie in a ditch or low-lying area away from the vehicle. Be aware of the potential for flooding."

Has anyone ever been caught in a tornado while driving your RV? What did you do?


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Old 03-15-2005, 05:57 PM   #2
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Tornado "season" is coming, if the is a season for them.

This is FEMA's, http://www.hutchinsoneoc.org/FEMAtorn.htm,
"what to do" if caught in a tornado:

"Never try to out drive a tornado in a car or truck. Tornadoes can change direction quickly and can lift up a car or truck and toss it through the air.

Get out of the car immediately and take shelter in a nearby building.

If there is no time to get indoors, get out of the car and lie in a ditch or low-lying area away from the vehicle. Be aware of the potential for flooding."

Has anyone ever been caught in a tornado while driving your RV? What did you do?


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Old 03-15-2005, 06:45 PM   #3
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Figured out a couple of years ago in Kansas, that if it is dark in the direction you are going, DON'T go there.

Never seen so much rain and wind. Top freeway speed, I-70, in Russell, Kansas was 10 MPH. 30 minutes later, sun came out and it was a beautiful day.
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Old 03-16-2005, 05:30 AM   #4
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Good advice Jim, I'll be traveling I-70 through Kansas in the near future.

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Old 03-16-2005, 09:45 AM   #5
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As a native of Kansas, I have spent plenty of time in tornado country, and contrary to the the movie "Wizard of Oz," Kansas is not in the primary tornado alley. In fact, that is north Texas, eastern Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, and Iowa, but not all of those states either. All of the midwest has tornados at times. Kansas mostly has them in the south and east. There is no state that has not experienced tornados and all of the states that experience hurricanes get them as a part of that threat. To be aware of them and what to do is only wise, but they are not nearly as big a threat to get you as is a major hail storm.

The fist advice is good if you are in the immediate area of one that is on the ground. But if you see one in the distance, the best action is to travel in a direction that is at 90 degrees to the path of the tornado to get out of the path of the storm cell that has created it. A motorvehicle is a very bad place to be if you are caught, but the probability of one in any one given spot is about the same as being struck by lightning in any one spot. While it does make sense to take cover, it does not make sense to panic or to avoid such areas. Studies show that taking cover under a bridge does little or nothing for you. If under or near a bridge, get out and go up under the very end where the girders meet the ground and into the very lowest part of the structure. If out in the open, lay in a ditch and cover your head. Do not sit under a tree or other structure. A basement is good protection but stay near the wall nearest the approach of the storm. Or choose a building that is made from concrete or masonery and use the walls that have plumbing in them for protection since they are much stronger.

Realize that tornadoes do not get people any more frequently than any other natural disastor, but they do make good news stories and they get a lot of coverage. Use good judgment, but they are nothing to fear.
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The best advice I've had is to work at getting supple so that I can kiss my butt goodby if caught in a tornado...
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