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Old 07-24-2014, 08:15 PM   #11
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It's sad that all those folks out having a good time had to endure that. And in Virginia? I'd more expect something like that to happen in Texas, Oklahoma or Kansas. I heard that the tornado struck just a few minutes after the official warning was broadcast.

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Old 07-24-2014, 08:47 PM   #12
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Our Prayers are with all of those campers!
The news said the warnings were issued at 08:20 & storm hit at 08:40. Not a lot of time to do anything even if you had a weather radio. Where do you go in a campground for a safe haven in a storm, the campground latrine? I know I'll be checking that out on our next campout!

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Old 07-24-2014, 09:33 PM   #13
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Thoughts and prayers to all those impacted. We had a 2011 Jayco 365BHS that was hit, along with about 25 other campers back in February 2012. By the grace of God, none of were at our campground when the tornado struck, but every camper in the entire campground was destroyed.
I definitely recommend everyone should have a weather radio when traveling because I can tell you from experience that even an EF2 tornado can roll a 13,000lb camper around like a rag doll.
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Old 07-24-2014, 10:04 PM   #14
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A solid structure would the first choice....preferably reinforced block walls. I know most of the new facilities in National and State CG's are supposed to be construction as storm shelters , meaning reinforced concrete block walls with #5's @ 48" o.c. with concrete filled cells and the roof super structure anchored at the same spacing. Unfortunately, that's is minimum standards and an F2 will most likely take it down. If it's an old structure (i.e. framed) I would probably look more for a deep ravine to take shelter in on the side of the approaching storm. Short of that, there is little a camper can do....but prayer and hope for the best.
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Old 07-24-2014, 10:14 PM   #15
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Prayers sent my family and I were at the campground 1 year ago this week. When my wife told me about it I couldn't speak. so sad!!!!
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Old 07-24-2014, 11:20 PM   #16
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Such a sad thing to happen.... Thoughts and prayers to those affected I know a few years ago there was a tornado that wiped out a few campgrounds 2 hrs north of where I live..... I've never really worried about tornados honestly but I do worry about major storms that have lots of lightning and hail....... Going to be looking at weather radios though also as we tend to do travels into tornado prone areas and plan to go down around Texas
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Old 07-25-2014, 12:45 AM   #17
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Wish I was there to help those people.
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Old 07-25-2014, 03:10 AM   #18
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We stayed in Cherrystone some years ago. A real nice place but only about 20 rigs there that night.
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Old 07-25-2014, 03:21 AM   #19
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Here is a pic of the tornado/waterspout as it came ashore.

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Old 07-25-2014, 11:01 AM   #20
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I saw this on the national news last night. DW and I were mortified. Our "tin can" doesn't stand a chance even in the mildest tornado. Luckily we don't have a lot of tornadoes down here either, but microbursts from extremely strong and sudden thunderstorms are quite common and often come with little to no warning.

One of our last cold fronts came thorough while I was towing the trailer back to storage, had sustained 40 mph cross-wind for part of the journey and I could see my trailer leaning over pretty far. It was not a comforting feeling to say the least, luckily I didn't have sway problems and I got out of it quick.


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