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Discussion in 'Et Cetera, Et Cetera' started by lucky8, Jun 12, 2008.
Get in your basement if you aren't already, and hope for the best I guess? Good luck dude!
I don't have one. It's been spotted 10 miles SE of my house, moving NE at 20 mph...guess i better grab a beer...
Lucky8, let us know that you're all right, OK??
You probably already know this; but just incase:
WHAT TO DO...
In a house with a basement: Avoid windows. Get in the basement and under some kind of sturdy protection (heavy table or work bench), or cover yourself with a mattress or sleeping bag. Know where very heavy objects rest on the floor above (pianos, refrigerators, waterbeds, etc.) and do not go under them. They may fall down through a weakened floor and crush you.
In a house with no basement, a dorm, or an apartment: Avoid windows. Go to the lowest floor, small center room (like a bathroom or closet), under a stairwell, or in an interior hallway with no windows. Crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down; and cover your head with your hands. A bath tub may offer a shell of partial protection. Even in an interior room, you should cover yourself with some sort of thick padding (mattress, blankets, etc.), to protect against falling debris in case the roof and ceiling fail.
In an office building, hospital, nursing home or skyscraper:Go directly to an enclosed, windowless area in the center of the building -- away from glass. Then, crouch down and cover your head. Interior stairwells are usually good places to take shelter, and if not crowded, allow you to get to a lower level quickly. Stay off the elevators; you could be trapped in them if the power is lost.
In a mobile home:Get out! Even if your home is tied down, you are probably safer outside, even if the only alternative is to seek shelter out in the open. Most tornadoes can destroy even tied-down mobile homes; and it is best not to play the low odds that yours will make it. If your community has a tornado shelter, go there fast. If there is a sturdy permanent building within easy running distance, seek shelter there. Otherwise, lie flat on low ground away from your home, protecting your head. If possible, use open ground away from trees and cars, which can be blown onto you.
At school:Follow the drill! Go to the interior hall or room in an orderly way as you are told. Crouch low, head down, and protect the back of your head with your arms. Stay away from windows and large open rooms like gyms and auditoriums.
In a car or truck: Vehicles are extremely dangerous in a tornado. If the tornado is visible, far away, and the traffic is light, you may be able to drive out of its path by moving at right angles to the tornado. Otherwise, park the car as quickly and safely as possible -- out of the traffic lanes. [It is safer to get the car out of mud later if necessary than to cause a crash.] Get out and seek shelter in a sturdy building. If in the open country, run to low ground away from any cars (which may roll over on you). Lie flat and face-down, protecting the back of your head with your arms. Avoid seeking shelter under bridges, which can create deadly traffic hazards while offering little protection against flying debris.
In the open outdoors: If possible, seek shelter in a sturdy building. If not, lie flat and face-down on low ground, protecting the back of your head with your arms. Get as far away from trees and cars as you can; they may be blown onto you in a tornado.
In a shopping mall or large store: Do not panic. Watch for others. Move as quickly as possible to an interior bathroom, storage room or other small enclosed area, away from windows.
In a church or theater: Do not panic. If possible, move quickly but orderly to an interior bathroom or hallway, away from windows. Crouch face-down and protect your head with your arms. If there is no time to do that, get under the seats or pews, protecting your head with your arms or hands.
a tornado? where? somebody tie me to a tree.....I love tornadoes wooo whoo!
And don't forget to grab Toto and sing Somewhere Over The Rainbow.:biggrin1:
Oh man, that's gotta be scary. Definitely keep us posted...
Hope things remain safe for you man
Now everyone in the West knows that Pecos Bill could ride anything. No bronco could throw him, no sir! Fact is, I only heard of Bill getting' throwed once in his whole career as a cowboy. Yep, it was that time he was up Kansas way and decided to ride him a tornado.
Now Bill wasn't gonna ride jest any tornado, no ma'am. He waited for the biggest gol-durned tornado you ever saw. It was turning the sky black and green, and roaring so loud it woke up the farmers away over in China. Well, Bill jest grabbed that there tornado, pushed it to the ground and jumped on its back. The tornado whipped and whirled and sidewinded and generally cussed its bad luck all the way down to Texas. Tied the rivers into knots, flattened all the forests so bad they had to rename one place the Staked Plains. But Bill jest rode along all calm-like, give it an occasional jab with his spurs.
Finally, that tornado decided it wasn't getting this cowboy off its back no-how. So it headed west to California and jest rained itself out. Made so much water it washed out the Grand Canyon. That tornado was down to practically nothing when Bill finally fell off. He hit the ground so hard it sank below sea level. Folks call the spot Death Valley.
Anyway, that's how rodeo got started. Though most cowboys stick to broncos these days.
I live in Tornado Alley! I spit at the feet of tornadoes!
Could someone explain to me why the fuck people live in Tornado Alley and don't have basements or storm cellars??? WHY??? This boggles my mind no end. Even here in New York, my mom's house has a basement with a little underground alcove for just such emergencies and yes, I've used it when a tornado appeared in the front field.
Every year I watch the news and see houses devastated all over tornado-prone areas and so many people take refuge in closets or bathtubs and they end up dead. Christ almighty people! If you can afford that SUV then you can afford a simple storm cellar. Talk about fucked-up priorities!
I was in northeastern Ohio for the tornado superstorm in 1984 and all the students spent the night outdoors because there were no basements in many of the dorms. The school had no plan for tornado safety and my dorm had large areas of glass. It was a complete joke (as is the college itself).
Well here in Oklahoma the soil causes basements to crumble.
hehe just another reason why the bear loves rouge. hehe I live right behind you in the backalley. I love me some tornado weather. Nothing like the rush you get when the sirens go off. Is the highlight of my spring and fall. I just pray that no one gets hurt or killed. Keep you in my prayers OP
I hear the tornado sirens go off like twice a week!
And i meant to add that the water table in Oklahoma makes for leaky water filled basements that mold and are more likely to kill you from staccybotris poisoning than the tornado would.
heehee durning the spring and fall its like that down in Bama. un/fortunately, our primary tornado season is over with till fall.
Go back to bed already.
It's not even an F3!!
i hope you're safe, lucky8. just hope that tornado doesn't blow your telephone line over and knock out your internet connection. what a shame it would be to not have LPSG to keep you company while you're down in the basement.
this is one of those times i have to say i am sooo glad i live in LA
Ahhh, now I know! Thank you!
Fortunately there are a great number of waterproof prefabricated shelters available. Why don't more people have these?
I'm alive! YEEEEHHAAAAWWWW!!!