Worries about tornadoes, and a video of RVs getting blown over

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    By Chuck Woodbury

    I have never before spent this time of the year in the Midwest. I never thought anything about monster lightning storms, golf-ball-sized hail storms and tornadoes. We don’t have those in the West. We have earthquakes. But for me, having been in a dozen earthquakes and never having a problem except a touch of motion sickness two times, I don’t even think about them.

    But tornadoes! Those really scare me. A tornado watch was issued the other night for where I am near Joplin, Missouri. Gail and I monitored the storm on our iPhones, and our little Midland Weather Radio screamed its siren a few times when the threat got closer. But on this day, no tornadoes touched down. But the storm itself, which threatened to spawn a tornado, came very close to us, within about five miles. It got closest at about 11 p.m. How are you supposed to sleep through that when you’re inside a tin can with wheels?

    Then the next day, this video showed up on my Google news alerts. Yikes! 

    I’ll be in tornado-land for another few months. Why do people live here? Okay, I know. . . the chance of being hit by a tornado is tiny. . . and this is your home, and. . . yes, I get all that. Still, for someone not accustomed to such dramatic weather, it’s not a 100 percent warm and fuzzy feeling being here.

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    Paul F Schuler
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    Paul F Schuler

    I think you people should avoid the Midwest. You are better off in 400 mile wide hurricanes, thousands of acre wild fire, earth quakes, dust storms, mud slides, rock slides , dust storms and floods. Paul

    Coralie Myers
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    Coralie Myers

    I too grew up in tornado alley. I would much rather deal with a tornado, which you can see coming, than an earthquake! I did disaster duty in California when the Northridge earthquake hit – no fun, and nowhere to get away from it. Two years ago we ran into a tornado near Wall SD. We made it to the rest area and stayed in the concrete restrooms with 50 new friends, 3 dogs, and a ferret. Most left after the hail stopped, we waited until morning. We passed 7 semis on their sides, and a silo that was smashed… Read more »

    Diane McGovern
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    Diane McGovern

    Since 1997 (missed only a few times) we have traveled from Calif to the Indianapolis 500, which is over Memorial Day weekend. We have gone the northern & southern routes. Only one time did we use the shelter, the concrete bathrooms, at an RV park. This was in Greenfield, IN off I-70. We had been checking the weather, which wasn’t good, driving from Kentucky up I-65. Once we got to RV park we asked where shelter was. We set up & hooked up our Weather warning radio & turned on local tv. Entire state of Indiana was red. We made… Read more »

    Jessie Terry
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    Jessie Terry

    Question: In high winds from a storm, would it be better to pull the slides in or leave them out on a fifth-wheel? Of course, find solid shelter if possible.

    Ray Zimmermann
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    Ray Zimmermann

    Always scares the hell out of me going through tornado alley in the spring; I avoid it if I can, if not I get through there as fast as I can. I really feel for those people who in RVs who have to be there.

    Laura
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    Laura

    I grew up in Tornado Alley. I survived the gigantic tornado that flattened Toledo, OH in 1963–it skipped over our house and threw the rest of Toledo into Lake Erie! I will never forget the sound. That’s why you won’t be seeing me at the RVillage rally in Elkhart. Between April and July, the Midwest is closed, as far as I’m concerned. Very considerate of God to make “tornado season,” because we know not to go there then. OK, the gargantuan Joplin storm was in January (how abnormal can things get???) and you just can’t predict weirdo things like that…but… Read more »

    Michael McCracken
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    Michael McCracken

    Laura, I grew up in Oklahoma in tornado alley. I left there in my early 20’s and moved to Arizona. I don’t miss the cellars I spent time in during my childhood. I stay away from the Midwest during the tornado season. My greatest fear is to be caught in my motorhome and seeing one coming my way with nowhere to run. I want be at the Elkhart rally either.

    Birdie
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    Birdie

    If you live in tornado alley, you watch and listen for the storm warnings/watches. Always ask where storm shelters are when you change campgrounds and go find them right after setup…..don’t wait. You can’t afford that luxury. Have your emergency bag with meds, water, flashlight, weather radio w/extra batteries, important things like drivers license, ins cards, passport, extra money, water and snacks and rain jacket and shoes at the rig door. If things are heating up and coming your way, pick up the bag and go to the cg shelter before the siren sounds. Sirens normally means ‘imminent’ danger. You… Read more »

    Michael McCracken
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    Michael McCracken

    Birdie, what about being on the interstate unable to turn around and seeing one coming at you? I chose to just stay the hell out of that part of the US during the summer months.