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    Tornado season is officially here....Those dreaded sirens are sounding

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    Was watching this on the weather channel , call me crazy 😜 but I'll take a nice blizzard over a tornado or hurricane

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    My wife and I were at Busch Gardens many years ago, and a terrible storm came up. We scurried from kiosk to kiosk on our way back to the parking lot when we noticed the palm trees were basically horizontal. As we sought shelter in one of the kiosks, along with several other people, we hear one tourist say "Wow! is this a hurricane?"

    The clerks in the souvenir stand were quick to try to calm the tourists down by saying "No, it's not a hurricane, please don't get everyone upset, it's only a tornado!"

    Mrs Pockets and I immediately began looking for a bigger building, something a little further from the tiger pits.
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    Tornadoes wipe out everything, but usually in a somewhat narrow and short path. it either hits you or it does not. Hurricanes are less prone to wipe things out, but the damage is much more widespread, like half a state--and then there is the flooding that often accompanies them.

    Between the two, I'll take a hurricane. I've had two hurricanes run right over my house and several pass nearby with minimal damage. Can't say the same if they were tornadoes. I can't imagine waking to a 2 AM siren and ducking into a storm shelter.
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    My oldest son lives near Oklahoma City, it worries me but he has to make his own way. Yesterday, I called and asked what his plans were if a storm hit, he said they would go to his office at the college, the office is below ground level. Problem is, it is one mile away. We went through three hurricanes before moving, they are worse because of the widespread damage and piss poor planning of emergency officials.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Tornadoes wipe out everything, but usually in a somewhat narrow and short path. it either hits you or it does not. Hurricanes are less prone to wipe things out, but the damage is much more widespread, like half a state--and then there is the flooding that often accompanies them.

    Between the two, I'll take a hurricane. I've had two hurricanes run right over my house and several pass nearby with minimal damage. Can't say the same if they were tornadoes. I can't imagine waking to a 2 AM siren and ducking into a storm shelter.
    I have, so far, been in 3 tornadoes, and could not agree with you more. One while I was working in a garage, and I dove for cover under the vehicle I was working on, while the glass doors on both ends of the shop blew out, one while I cowered under a highway overpass and watched a telephone pole go past one end of my shelter, and part of a house passed by on the other end of the overpass. The third was a little more severe; it toppled 18 trees in my yard and had the audacity to throw the last one on top of my house, trapping us inside.

    I've never been in a hurricane, but I assure you, when someone says there's a tornado nearby, I'm first to the basement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Tornadoes wipe out everything, but usually in a somewhat narrow and short path. it either hits you or it does not. Hurricanes are less prone to wipe things out, but the damage is much more widespread, like half a state--and then there is the flooding that often accompanies them.

    Between the two, I'll take a hurricane. I've had two hurricanes run right over my house and several pass nearby with minimal damage. Can't say the same if they were tornadoes. I can't imagine waking to a 2 AM siren and ducking into a storm shelter.
    I generally agree with that with up to a CAT 2 or 3. Where I lived in the FL panhandle, most of our hurricane damage was from the tornados that spun off of the hurricanes. That was until Hurricane Michael (CAT 5) in October 2018. Most of my friends / neighbors road it out. They all said it was the worst 3-4 hours of their life.


    Hurricane is kind of like the final test in school you dread all semester.
    Tornado is like a pop quiz that can do equal/worse damage if a fraction of time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flh View Post
    Was watching this on the weather channel , call me crazy 😜 but I'll take a nice blizzard over a tornado or hurricane

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    I will take a blizzard over a tornado also. But, Iíll take Oklahoma over New York anytime

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Tornadoes wipe out everything, but usually in a somewhat narrow and short path. it either hits you or it does not. Hurricanes are less prone to wipe things out, but the damage is much more widespread, like half a state--and then there is the flooding that often accompanies them.

    Between the two, I'll take a hurricane. I've had two hurricanes run right over my house and several pass nearby with minimal damage. Can't say the same if they were tornadoes. I can't imagine waking to a 2 AM siren and ducking into a storm shelter.
    They probably read your "Get off My Lawn" sign. Otherwise, things would have been much worse.

    Hurricanes, of course, are not afraid of your silly signs - they're afraid of YOU !

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhaedrusIV View Post
    They probably read your "Get off My Lawn" sign. Otherwise, things would have been much worse.

    Hurricanes, of course, are not afraid of your silly signs - they're afraid of YOU !

    Just like the rest of us.
    I am harmless. The landmines and punji sticks not so much.
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    I was sentenced to Oklahoma (Altus AFB) for 6 years, seen plenty of damage from tornadoes but never went through one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    I was sentenced to Oklahoma (Altus AFB) for 6 years, seen plenty of damage from tornadoes but never went through one.
    I grew-up in OKC, and have seen some VERY interesting weather.

    My son lives in Moore, and that BIG one that went through Moore a few years ago missed his house by less than a mile.
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    It seems there are more tornados this season than in the past several years. There have been several in our area already. We don't have a shelter, but we do have a plan for when the sirens sound. The destruction from some of the twisters has been incredible. Luck of the draw I guess if one comes your way or not. Hope all have plans in place to deal with whatever mother nature may send your way. Stay safe my friends.
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