Better to know, or better not to know?

@AmbiePam (49069)
United States
June 11, 2012 2:33pm CST
I was in Branson, Missouri with my family last week, and one of the things we saw was some of the damage left from a tornado they had months ago. I think there were three occasions where my dad would ask an employee of wherever we were, where they were when the tornado came through. All three of them said they were asleep. They lived nearby. It's not like they commuted and were not put in any danger. I just found that amazing. But one woman said she had just gone home from work and gone straight to bed. So she never turned on the news. She woke up in the morning, went outside, and half of the stuff in her yard was now in her neighbor's yard. But then a couple of weeks ago I had e-mailed a friend about watching my dog while I was out of town. She said sure, and she closed the e-mail with "be careful in the storms". That sent a sliver of unease through me because I had no idea there were storms coming our way. So of course I turned on the news and saw what was going on. Usually, I can tell from the sky, or I can feel it in the air when tornado weather is afoot. Those of you who live in tornado alley know what I mean. You walk outside and you just "know". How aware are you of the weather? The people who slept through the Branson tornado saved themselves a lot of worry. But they also could have been hurt if the storm had turned their way. I guess I'd like to know when one was coming. Because it's always the one time you don't take precautions that something bad happens. I don't know how many times growing up my sister, me, and my mom would be huddled inthe hallway while my dad slept through the tornado warnings. We'd wake him up, he'd go outside and look at the sky and tell us, "It's not getting us". And then he'd go back to bed. Their bedroom had a huge plate glass window, so if a tornado had gone through it would have cut him up badly. But he was always right.
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@bunnybon7 (36480)
• Holiday, Florida
12 Jun 12
3 times trying to respond my pc is not loading well. anyway, your dad sounds like a smart guy but id be like you, id be scared to peices. like iam every time im in a bad storm.
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@bunnybon7 (36480)
• Holiday, Florida
12 Jun 12
btw, i would want to know. to take precautions. if possible
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
23 Jun 12
I try to stay pretty aware of the weather but there have been times when it would have been better not to know. I was worrying for nothing..lol. I am not one that is talented enough to know when a tornado might hit us but I can tell when it is going to rain because the leaves on the trees turn bottom up. My grandmother taught me that..lol.
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@jillhill (37384)
• United States
22 Jun 12
So glad that your vacation wasn't spoiled by a tornado...we have them here too...a year or so ago it wiped out a bunch of farms....house etc. I think you can feel it when it's in the air....but not always.
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@KrauseHome (35035)
• United States
16 Jun 12
Personally I do not miss living in areas where there are Tornadoes and cannot imagine ever wanting to live in areas where Hurricanes hit. I grew up in IL so I have seen the damage that Tornadoes can do, and seen one once from a distance. I personally like living in WA state now. Have been in one minor Earthquake and that was enough excitement for me for a long time.
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@Fishmomma (11504)
• United States
14 Jun 12
My area has a lot of earthquakes and its important to always be prepared for no power. We have power outages every month; however, most of the time its off a short time. I stock pile water and canned food, so my family has plenty to eat. I would rather know when bad weather is coming, but many times I have slept through the smaller quakes.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
12 Jun 12
Thank God everyone was alright.
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• United States
12 Jun 12
I always check the weather channel before I get dressed to go out. I used to see a lot of news and I had a favorite weather man but then they fired him . He is on another channel. He is the one who would get the forecast correct more often. He is better than the weather channel. So when the weather channel says there is bad weather , I turn to him. So I would know. Would I pack up and go? I am not sure. Back in the day , before my guy, I would welcome dying in a storm. But now? I rather stay if I could ride it out but if I were harmed , it would kill him. So I guess I'm running for cover.
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@xiaoyeye (32)
• China
12 Jun 12
I live in an inland city so I've never experienced such a situation. But for other similar cases, I'd like to know it and make sure that I can get the information in advance so that I have a sense of security.
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@MandaLee (3726)
• United States
11 Jun 12
Dear Ambiepam, I think it is better to know. Knowing is helpful and allows us to be more prepared. I hope that you are doing well. Have a wonderful week!
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@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
11 Jun 12
That's a good question. I don't normally get too worried about weather because we rarely have weather so bad that it causes damage. We do get high winds sometimes which knock over trees and power lines. That is the most damage we tend to get. Though there's not much we can do to prepare for it, so what's the sense in knowing ahead of time? I guess if you can sleep through it, it's for the best. Less worry and stress.
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
11 Jun 12
I have not personally seen a tornado, though they have touched down all around me, so I wouldn't know. I do remember being in a neighbor's basement once and the guys were standing at the door, commenting on how the clouds were starting to tunnel, but if it was a tornado, it didn't touch down. To know or not, I would want to know because we don't have a basement, so we would have to go into the hallway and I hate it when there is a possibility of a tornado overnight, especially if there was nothing when I went to bed. I have my local news station send me storm warnings and sometimes I am so thankful when I wake up the next day to get an e-mail saying my area was under a tornado warning and that I was fine..
@GardenGerty (99201)
• United States
11 Jun 12
I like to know if a bad storm is in the area, but I usually do not do a whole lot special about it. I make sure I know where my flashlight is, and I unplug my laptop. I have food and water on hand, and that is good enough for me. We live close enough to hear if the sirens go off. I do sense the changes in the weather to some degree, and find I am cranky and may have headaches or ear aches. I am just as likely to go to bed as to watch the weather after about five to ten minutes.
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