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Old 05-30-2013, 04:06 PM   #11
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Just like DK said come to Florida and watch the weather change in minutes. 3 years ago a storm took off my awning, I didn't have enough time to retract it. I also tent camped on barrier islands here when storms just blow in in minutes.
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:08 PM   #12
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Ugh.
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:10 PM   #13
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wow scary pics, yea here in florida it can be sunny on one side of the street and rainy on the other, its crazy. But one thing is for sure, wind gusts come up pretty fast.

Its so important to have a weather radio, to help one keep track of the weather.
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:23 PM   #14
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Once while camping in Kentucky the ranger came thru the campground and told us all to evacuate, bad storm on the way. They sent us to a storm shelter at the lodge on the property. It passed quickly, and there was no damage. When we got back to the CG, the rangers were stationed at the entrance and had kept watch on everything while we were gone. Make sure you know what the weather is doing, but also make sure you know the safest protected place to seek shelter. Now I always ask when we check in someplace, just in case.
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:37 PM   #15
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... but also make sure you know the safest protected place to seek shelter. Now I always ask when we check in someplace, just in case.
Great Idea. Every campground has a map in the office and/or gives you a map when you check in. The shelters should be labeled, posted, or whatever to inform people.
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:37 PM   #16
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Spent several scary nights in tornado alley.

Once in Kansas the campground host went camper to camper telling us to suck in the slides and get in the concrete campground shower with everyone including our pets and the campground host while a tornado passed a mile from the campground. The destruction was incredible all around us the next day.

Then again in Georgia at Dobbins AFB FAMCAMP. Sirens and the security police woke us up and directed us to the Officer's Billeting, the evacuation center. Pets were not allowed in and rather than leave the dog, we hunkered down in the BX parking lot away from everything and rode out the storm. We spent a sleepless night because I wanted to be able to drive away from any funnel we spotted. Luckily we only got really strong winds and rain (the funnel hit further away near Atlanta.)

Lesson learned - The Concertone/Genesis with the weather alert function WORKS and would not own a camper without it; BUT YOU HAVE TO USE IT.
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:43 PM   #17
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I like the Concertone/Genesis with weather alert function too but wouldn't be without my handheld Midland weather radio with S.A.M.E.
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:44 PM   #18
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I like the Concertone/Genesis with weather alert function too but wouldn't be without my handheld Midland weather radio with S.A.M.E.
I think I will get one of those too. I really missed the updates hunkered down in that shower stall.

What do you think about this one?
http://www.amazon.com/Midland-HH54VP...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:58 PM   #19
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Great discussion! My parents used to tent camp and do a lot of boating when I was young and we lived in Florida so I'm used to the nasty thunderstorms we get. Basically, if the sky turns green, I'm looking for cover. If it's a matter of lightening, we stay inside. I do remember one particularly nasty ts in July where I had the kids shoes and rain gear on them waiting to run. The rain, wind and lightening were too bad too fast to go anywhere, but it def occurred to me to wish we were in a concrete structure.

Another one was on a trip north on I-75, We ran into a bad ts and stopped at some goofy cg literally a stones throw from the interstate. As we lay in our 5er, listening to the storm, DH asked "is that a truck or a tornado?" ~ my response? "we'll know in a minute". Never did go to sleep that night, eventually the weather broke enough to put the kids in the truck and hit the road. Loooooonnnnngggg nite.
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:18 PM   #20
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Not what most people would say but here goes. I was raised to never be scared of storms. So that being said I have never taken cover. Even with an F-4 tornado 1/8 mile away. I am a firm believer in the fact that if the good Lord says it is your time to go it doesn't matter where you are he will te you hame.
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