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Old 03-31-2009, 05:53 PM   #21
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They also said the warning came less than a minute before it hit.
Wow! You got to keep your boat and trailer! Clean living?

Yeah, less than a minute warning...the doppler radar only creates a full image every 6 minutes (mind you, that image contains a LOT of data!!) and most are automated to the point the software detects the "hook" that preceeds or indicates a tornado. Once detected, the alert will go out in less than a minute with the funny robot voice dude reading it all off.

Less than a minute...that's why I'm always harping on a pre-planned tornadic event: You are not going to have time to plan, so plan ahead. Know where you are going to go and get there quick! Severe weather doesn't sneak up on us, we have plenty of time when you see the sky getting dark to think these things through.

Not to mention a quick listen to the evening weather report tells you whether or not to roll in the awning and put away the chairs and stuff before bed, so you don't have to do it in your PJs in a driving rain at 3 am!!

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Old 03-31-2009, 06:20 PM   #22
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"You are not going to have time to plan, so plan ahead."

I agree 100%.

There was a solid cement block bathhouse less than 50 yards of those trailers. If they had made a plan in advanced they probably could have made it to the bathouse in time. It may not be the ideal place to take cover from a tornado but it would have been better than taking a wild ride in the trailer!

I'm still amazed that everyone came out of it with only minor cuts and bruises.
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Old 05-06-2009, 05:05 PM   #24
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It occurred to me as I listened to my brother recount his adventures with a severe thunderstorm in a state park recently, that if this occurs at night, as his did, when we leave the RV we should turn on all available outside lights (scare, patio, etc) to help people navigate to and from the storm shelter. This would likely assist any rescue personnel dispatched to the scene as well. And it will assist you in locating your rig in the event it's not where you left it. If you can operate your vehicles headlights with one of those remote key fobs then you might want to take that with you as well for the same reasons.
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OK, it's the official start of the 2010 tornado season.

If you haven't read this yet, read it now!

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Old 06-03-2015, 07:29 PM   #26
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Thought I'd dig up this old thread after watching the national weather reports on tornado watch/warnings across the entire country going on now.

And the last few weeks, actually.

Sorry I'm late.
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Thanks for posting this and also keeping it alive. I just read through the entire thread and you've provided a lot of great info. I do keep a weather radio with the SAME feature in the camper, but I need to get in the habit of always having it on and properly programmed for our locality on each trip. It does no good sitting in a drawer.
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3 weeks ago we pulled into Lake 370 for the weekend. We were running an hour late because rain hit and we didn't feel like hitching in a down pour. We live about 5 miles from the park. We pull in to find several overturned campers. Freak straight line winds. No one was seriously hurt but many totaled campers.
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Thanks for posting this and also keeping it alive.
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I do keep a weather radio with the SAME feature in the camper, but I need to get in the habit of always having it on and properly programmed for our locality on each trip. It does no good sitting in a drawer.
If you program the SAME code to 999999 it will alert to every warning it receives, not just the ones for your specific area. That might get a bit annoying... but it works great if you don't have the SAME IDs for your current location.
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If you program the SAME code to 999999 it will alert to every warning it receives, not just the ones for your specific area. That might get a bit annoying... but it works great if you don't have the SAME IDs for your current location.
That's what I will do then. Thank you!
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