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Old 06-23-2008, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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The good people of Iowa don't seem to be bothered by the threat of tornadoes. Here in Tucson, we don't get any extreme weather other than the heat and monsoons.

Are they a considerable threat? Do you feel safe? Why don't more folks have storm shelters? Do they just rely on their basements?

We are going to travel to Iowa from Tucson a in couple of weeks....it kinda makes me a little nervous about the possibility of getting trapped on the freeway with no real protection if a tornado did occur...maybe I am just uninformed.

Please give me your thoughts and advice! Thank you.
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Old 06-23-2008, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Boise, Idaho by way of Iowa City, Iowa
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tornadoes don't bother me one bit, hell I don't even pay attention to the sirens or warnings anymore even after Iowa City got hit 2 years ago. If I were you I'd be more concerned about getting in a car accident than being hit by a twister.
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Old 06-23-2008, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Thanks, you are probably right!
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Old 06-23-2008, 11:31 PM
 
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Yea, I wouldn't worry. Twisters are a freak of nature for sure, and scary.... but the odds of you actually getting hit by one is slim to the extreme.

You can also generally survive one if you have any half assed shelter to jump into, even a deep ditch by the road, inside a concrete restroom at a rest stop, etc. The ones you have to worry about are the F4-F5, which are so rare, prolly never see one in your life (in person). They will kill you even in a shelter (normal basement), unless its specifically a storm shelter.

Think of it this way... I have lived in Iowa all my life (38 yrs), and the closest a tornado has come to my residence is about 5-6 miles. Imagine your odds just visiting.


Now... if you do get hit by one, don't haunt me or anything.
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Old 06-23-2008, 11:36 PM
 
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It gets to a point in Iowa that Tornadoes are such a part of the state that we know when it is going to get bad and know when not to mess around. Like in Cali. They may be used to Earthquakes, but I'm scared of them. Same as in any state what you live with all the time it becomes the norm. I mean we are taught tornado safety from infancy. It is drilled into our heads all through school and every time there is a bad storm or tornado, the TV and radio stations review what to do.

Don't worry you be fine. Just listen to the radio if the weather gets nasty and do what they tell you. Or IF, and a big if you find yourself near a twister go to the nearest farm house or business. 99.9% of the time they will let you take cover with them Hey we're Iowans we're friendly
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Old 06-24-2008, 12:48 PM
 
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On the off chance you are on a highway and a tornado shows up do not stay in your vehicle and do not under any circumstances hide under one of the interstate bridges. They act as a venturi and actually cause wind speeds to increase. Best bet is out of the car in a low spot like a ditch. Lay face down and cover the back of your head with your hands.

Now that I've scared you a bit I'll tell you that I've lived here 60 years and sat through 2 tornadoes. I seem to to be in one piece.
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Old 06-24-2008, 11:39 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Ooooooookaaaaaayyyyy.....Thank you for all the advice! Sounds like everyone knows what they are talking about.
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Old 06-26-2008, 12:10 AM
 
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Tek_Freek

I like your tag line "Take away flood plains and Ma Nature makes her own"

JGoody - We don't fear tornados any more than the monsoons and haboobs we've gotten stuck in in Arizona. No worries. Our 2nd cousin who had lived in Altoona for over 78 years says she has never seen a tornado in Iowa LOL
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