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Posted: 05/07/13 09:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wife and I will being staying in Wichita Kansas in May. We are concerned about tornados. Are we overreacting ? Any advice would be appreciated.

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much more likely (by a factor of tens of thousands) to be involved in a wreck getting there.


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If you see a tornado, you should be concerned---other wise, no.


Yep, actually drove to all of these places---in the last eight years. Missed Rhode Island and New Jersey.


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popeyemth wrote:

much more likely (by a factor of tens of thousands) to be involved in a wreck getting there.


^^^^ Perfect answer and also VERY correct.


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Turtle n Peeps wrote:

popeyemth wrote:

much more likely (by a factor of tens of thousands) to be involved in a wreck getting there.


^^^^ Perfect answer and also VERY correct.


....until, suddenly you realize you're not in Kansas, anymore...

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As someone who lived and camped in Ks., I can tell you tornado's can indeed be a real concern. Depending on what CG your in, they will have loud alarms and many times the restrooms are reinforced to be used as shelters.


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well I went thru one on the South side of Wichita a bunch of years back. had a heck of a rainstorm buffeting around near the cessna (IIRC) plant and shortly thereafter heard on my radio that a tornado had in fact just hit that area.
but as said, one can hit but the probability is not high that you will synchronize your stay with one. be sure to locate the place of shelter at the campgrounds.
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be aware, but not overly concerned.
as stated, know where the campground shelter is and if the weather looks threatening, tune in to the local news station where it will no doubt be giving you frequent weather updates.
note: a "tornado watch" means weather can/might produce a tornado, hail, high winds, etc.
"tornado warning" means there is a tornado and you should take cover if you are in the projected path of a tornado.
finally, if you are parked under or very close to a big tree, you might want to move your rig as far away as you can to avoid tree damage. but this is only if it is really convenient to do so. otherwise, let your insurance do what you pay for.


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You can deal with tornadoes almost anywhere east of the Rockies. Own a good weather radio; know what county you're in, since most warnings go by counties. If you can get on your computer - check the radar on websites like NOAA, The Weather Channel; or one of my favorites, Intellicast.com whose radar also shows storm paths and whether the storm contains hail (it will also show "rotation" - but don't freak out since most storms have rotation: hail will show how much of an updraft the storm has).

And *IF* a storm is headed your way - get out of the RV - they are the most unsafe place of all. Head for the bathrooms or anything with as little glass and stout walls as possible. Laying in a ditch is safer than your RV....

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Golly Gee!And so many are afraid to come to CA because we have earthquakes. Lets see......last one causing damage was??????? Oh! several years ago. Last tornado causing damage was????? Yesterday!
Since I am a California boy, tornado's scare me. I guess insurance in tornado country is similar to earthquake insurance here. So expensive you can't afford it.
Have I endured a tornado? No. However a couple of years ago, I hunkered down in a Sam's Club parking lot in Omaha and watched the local news warn of several in my area. Was I scared. You bet! This was the same day that a tornado took out an entire town in Iowa as we were driving west on I-80.
No thanks, I like my earthquakes.


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