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Old 04-15-2006, 04:50 PM   #1
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Having been caught in tornadic conditions a few years ago in the Kansas City Area, and hearing about the extreme weather systems moving through the Mid West and South the past couple of weeks, makes me wonder what can you do in such a situation? Do you avoid the middle of the country in the spring? Are the dangers less than they seem? Do you go where you want and hope for the best?

I was chased from Las Vegas to Oklahoma City about five years ago by such a system, and the motel I finally checked into had just had its front doors ripped off. Fortunately they had an enclosed parking area, so we were safe for the night and awoke to a beautiful morning, with the storm ripping up buildings all the way to Wisconsin.

Is it enough to be cautious, or is there more we can do to be safe and still travel?
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Having been caught in tornadic conditions a few years ago in the Kansas City Area, and hearing about the extreme weather systems moving through the Mid West and South the past couple of weeks, makes me wonder what can you do in such a situation? Do you avoid the middle of the country in the spring? Are the dangers less than they seem? Do you go where you want and hope for the best?

I was chased from Las Vegas to Oklahoma City about five years ago by such a system, and the motel I finally checked into had just had its front doors ripped off. Fortunately they had an enclosed parking area, so we were safe for the night and awoke to a beautiful morning, with the storm ripping up buildings all the way to Wisconsin.

Is it enough to be cautious, or is there more we can do to be safe and still travel?
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Old 04-15-2006, 06:57 PM   #3
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You have to keep it in perpestive, yes storms come through certain areas at certain times of the year, but the area those storms actually cause damage to compared to the whole area in question is a small percent and your chances of actually being in the "thick of it" is also a small percent. I've lived in the same town of Baraboo, Wisconsin all my life of over 51 years. We have tornado watches every year, even an occassional flood warning, but I've never actually suffered any type of storm damage- unless you count a sore back from shoveling snow - so I wouldn't let this thing concern me. Obviously if the weather man says something is coming right at you for sure and you have time to get out of the way, like for a hurricane, I would go elsewhere. But I wouldn't avoid an area just on the chance there might be a storm while I'm there.
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We purchased a good weather radio that we could program for areas of the country we did not know the weather patterns. If the local or national weather service issues a warning we then make a decesion as to where we go to get out of the motorhome where it is safer until the storm passes.
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