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Old 04-04-2012, 10:53 AM   #1
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Avoiding Severe weather tips?

We are about to leave for Southern Texas driving from Pennsylvania. Our planned route is West through Cincinnati, Louisville, Nashville, Memphis, Texarcana, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio then due south.

With all the severe weather lately this puts us right in the middle of the zone. We are planning on three days of travel each way, just wondering what everyone's tips are for heading in this direction. We have weather radios', laptops and smartphones to keep updated on the weather along the way.

Question is what to do when one of these massive systems crops up? In a RV don't see how it is possible to outrun or go around these, so what is the best strategy?

Fortunately we leave tomorrow so looks like we might have a clear window getting to TX.
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Old 04-04-2012, 11:46 AM   #2
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Listen to local radio and weather radio. If storms threaten, get off the highway and seek shelter. Video from yesterday shows new definition of Flying J fuel stop....(flying trailers) But since there were no reported fatalities, I'd guess they had a storm shelter. If I were driving through OK or TX and a storm threatened, I'd pull over and make friends with a farmer and share their shelter.

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Old 04-04-2012, 12:03 PM   #3
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Don't try to hide from a twister under an overpass... the suction will pull ya out, low ditches are best. Watch the skies... if they get an ominous looking dark black or greenish tint, best to pull over and wait a bit to see if ya get hailed on or worse... People want to pull under gas station overhangs, but I'm not convinced it is too safe, you may escape hail damage only to get crushed.
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:51 PM   #4
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You might want to consider taking a different route to Texas. Depending on where in Texas you're headed, coming down say I-95 to I-85 to I-20, etc. may be longer but will keep you out of most of the more severe storm activity. Just a thought.

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Old 04-04-2012, 04:18 PM   #5
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Living here I can tell you that it is what it is!
Best advice is to listen to the local radio stations if you see/expect bad weather. You will usually see what station to tune into on the interstates. My local AM station yesterday was all over this storm before it even got here in the MetroPlex. This thing passed so fast that just staying put and out of the path for 30 minutes would keep you safe. Here in Plano we got 3/4" rain, no wind, no hail although the sirens did activate. Gets my DW time to clean out the closet.
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Old 04-04-2012, 05:13 PM   #6
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Misconception that I-20 is a safer route. Tornados can and have occurred in every state in the union AND Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi have been a VERY high occurrence area the past three years as global warming DOES change weather patterns and severity of storms. Best advice is to keep up with local news and weather in the areas you are passing through and seek shelter at the first sign of bad weather. Better to be safe than sorry. just my opinion.
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2 Android apps:
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Radar gives you radar maps as you travel. The other sends you any alerts put out by the NWS.

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Old 04-06-2012, 07:36 PM   #8
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We made it safe and sound. No weather issues and we used a combination of tools to watch the severe weather threats as we traveled. Our emergency plan was to seek out a hotel first and a large department store worst case.
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We travel with a marine radio and listen to NOAA weather. I have gotten it in the NW to ND.
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