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Old 05-21-2013, 03:45 PM   #11
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Underpasses are a very bad idea in a tornado. They act as a funnel and amplify the wind. X2 on the smart phone. I have mine set to alert me in the event of bad weather.

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Old 05-21-2013, 03:49 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by tanddc View Post
Underpasses are a very bad idea in a tornado. They act as a funnel and amplify the wind. X2 on the smart phone. I have mine set to alert me in the event of bad weather.
Yes, the wind speed will be amplified by the structure.

I also have an app on my phone and highly recommend the weather radio.

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Old 05-21-2013, 03:52 PM   #13
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Just a reminder that everyone should have a weather radio to alert them especially in the middle of the night. Most campgrounds we've stayed in try and come around to alert you but you don't know if you're the first camper or last camper to be notified.
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Old 05-21-2013, 03:56 PM   #14
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The ditch is just to avoid laterally flying debris (it's the stuff in the air that kills ya). Anything that's dropped will squish in a ditch just as easily as in a field. And if you're in a ditch, you also have to watch out for water levels.

Avoiding bridges is basically just an extension of the "Avoid anything that can crush you".

That being said, though I'm living at the other edge of the end of Tornado Alley, since we're in the Great Lakes region, we don't usually have to concern ourselves too much. The lakes provide enough water to the funnels to make them too heavy to continue for too long in this area.
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:45 PM   #15
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OP It appears that the parks service do have plans in place if sufficient warning time exists: An article from last year regarding St.Malo Campers Seek Shelter In Weekend Storm - Local News -

Tracey Kuzenko is District Supervisor for Steinbach with Manitoba Conservation. She says 167 campers ended up going to a nearby church after tornado warnings circulated around the park. Kuzenko says park staff get their information from Environment Canada. "We check it regularly," she says. It started as a Severe Thunderstorm Watch on Saturday, notes Kuzenko. It was then upgraded to a Tornado Watch and then Tornado Warning. "At the point of a Tornado Watch we'll notify campers in St.Malo that that is something that has been identified through Environment Canada for their information in case they don't have access or haven't checked the weather or anything like that," notes Kuzenko. Once it becomes a Tornado Warning, she says they have access to the local Roman Catholic Church in St.Malo. "We advised people that if they're interested in taking that option they can go to the Roman Catholic Church basement and one of our staff is there to sign them in when they come in."
another resource regarding severe weather

I believe most provincial camp grounds in Manitoba have designated shelters - just ask at the gate when checking in
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:05 AM   #16
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I'm sure glad that all we have to worry about is the occasional earthquake or erupting volcano and the dreary, soggy winter months of "800 broken, 1200 overcast, quarter mile visibility, rain and fog" to quote our frequent airport weather reports!

In the 45 years we've lived here there have been two volcanic eruptions (Mount St. Helens both times) and five minor quakes (< 5 Richter). All of them were far enough away to be a case of "What was that?".
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:17 AM   #17
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This occured yesterday in South Louisiana. It was reported to be a small twister which overturned at least 2 RVs.
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:35 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by f1100turbo View Post
Most STATE cg's in Iowa design there shower house's for severe weather use.

That's what was told anyway.

Carry on!

You better not go stating any tornados next month when we head down that way Ron.


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