Do you take Cover?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by cytech, Jun 8, 2008.

  1. cytech

    cytech Well-Known Member

    Apr 10, 2006
    Hiawatha, Iowa
    So I am curious do people take cover every time there is a tornado warning?
    Or do you figure out where it is first and ignore if it doesn't effect you?

    Since I have been pretty young there is not many times I have actually taken cover. I think it may be mostly because I have never actually seen a tornado in person.
  2. ISUFan22

    ISUFan22 Well-Known Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    Healthcare IT Project Manager
    Denver, CO
    I'm usually looking around for the thing.
  3. cgwarrior33

    cgwarrior33 Member

    Mar 27, 2006
    Norwalk, Iowa
    Yea, I am usually looking around for it as well. We had two come with in 3-4 miles of Forest City last night and I was out back with my neighbors having a beer and looking for it. Unfortunately for us, we didn't get to see either tornado so all we really did was get a lil wet.
  4. Sousaclone

    Sousaclone Member

    Apr 29, 2006
    New York
    It depends on where the storm is honestly. If it's bearing down on us (like last night in Omaha) I'm in the basement. If it's on the other side of the county, I'll be upstairs watching the storm. I do track down my shoes, wallet, phone, etc.
  5. brianhos

    brianhos Moderator
    Staff Member Bookie

    Jun 1, 2006
    Computer geek
    It is probably bad for me to say this, but in my entire life, I don't think I have ever taken shelter.
  6. DJK15

    DJK15 Well-Known Member

    Apr 17, 2008
    I was on my way back into Cedar Falls when the worst of it hit. I was on a bridge and it wasn't just raining, it was like I was driving through a waterfall. The winds were really picking up and my car started to move and the streetlights suddenly went out. I thought that was it, I figured there was a tornado near by and was about to get swept away. Luckily I made it home and ran straight downstairs.

    Went out this morning and there are trees down all over the place.
  7. livinthedream

    livinthedream Member

    Feb 4, 2008
    Small Business Owner, Ind
    Elk River Mn
    I usually send the kids to the basement and I monitor the storms on the computer. After seeing the destruction done in Hugo Mn about 15 miles south of e a couple weeks ago, I am not sure even the basement is a safe place in the newer constructed homes. I used to watch from the front window but no longer....I will be sitting down there with them....
  8. ISUKyro

    ISUKyro Well-Known Member

    Oct 28, 2006
    Houston, TX
    I'm like others. I'm usually outside looking for the actual tornado when there's a warning. When I was still living in Ames, I would make sure I was near the house to if I did see it I could head to the basement.
  9. AirWalke

    AirWalke Well-Known Member

    Aug 7, 2006
    Des Moines
    I rarely take shelter. My freshman year at ISU, we had a bad storm roll through, and a cell came right over campus, but never touched the ground. Even with the radar saying it was headed straight for the east side of campus, I was still out with the rest of my floor trying to look for it. How stupid were we? :wink:
  10. Covenant Clone

    Covenant Clone Well-Known Member

    Aug 30, 2006
    Owner/Construction Co.
    I tend to look around for the thing during the day, I grew up in central Iowa out in the country and I saw my fair share of tornados on the ground out in corn fields. If it is during the night and they say it is close I am hitting the basement, no questions asked. I don't want to see one heading straight for us between lighting strikes.
  11. Wx4Cy

    Wx4Cy Well-Known Member

    May 22, 2007
    IT Architect
    West Des Moines
    I go when MrsWx goes...
  12. Phaedrus

    Phaedrus Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Military Contracting
    Considering the business you all are in, that's probably wisest....

    Myself, during the day I look for it, but at night, I take my wife and kids to the basement and listen to the radio. Setting the example, and all that....

    Now that we live in Germany, we don't have tornadoes, but our house has two foot thick stone walls on one side, and is dug into the side of a mountain on the other. We don't go anywhere, when storms come.

    Oddly enough, when in Iraq, I'd also be watching the incoming fire during attacks on the FOB. The mortars and tracers were cool to watch.... And your chances of actually being hit were phenomenally small....
  13. CYdTracked

    CYdTracked Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Grimes, IA
    no, I usaully just watch the skies and if the wind really picks up or something doesn't look right I will. never seen a tornado but seen some skies that might have been the right condition for one
  14. price26

    price26 Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2006
    CyRide Driver
    Ames, IA
    A week ago when the storms went through Attica, I came out of my apartment to go work out and the Pella tornado alarms where going off. I did see anything so I just carried on my way. Probably not the brightest idea, but I was completely aware that the alarm going off was Pella's tornado alarm. . .

    I think we have taken shelter when I was young on a few occasions.
  15. herbicide

    herbicide Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Ankeny, IA
    No, I used to look for them, now I just ignore the warnings. I am a victim of the "boy who cried wolf" when it comes to these warnings.
  16. jbing

    jbing Member

    Dec 27, 2007
    Web Designer, radio perso
    Ankeny, IA
    I go based on how freaked out John McLaughlin appears. If he's calm and cool like a few nights ago when rotation was near Ankeny, I didn't move a cheek from the couch. But if he starts freaking over the shiz hitting the fan, then you better believe I'm grabbin up the fam and valuables and hitting the basement.

    However, I would much rather ride shotgun with a storm chaser! MrsWx4Cy - Hook a brotha up! :)
  17. MadCy

    MadCy Active Member

    Apr 9, 2006
    Madison, WI
    I used to have that attitiude that "it will never happen to me" when it comes to weather stuff so I wouldn't take cover and would just sit by the window or be outside. The "older" I have gotten I've realized that tornados can happen basically anywhere with very little notice so I've started to take more precautions.

    However, I still can't get over the feelings of actually going to the basement. I guess I think I could get buried/crushed under there, which I think happens (?).

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