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Re: Tornadoes and boats...

Last year returning from the LI Sound we were chuggubg down the CXhesapeake Bay with ominous dark clouds and behind us 1/2 mile a waterspout appeared off of North Point Dundalk, moving away from us. It scared the crap out of us.

Waterspouts are not really very strong so you boat may be a safe place. Rarely do you have the same type of super cells with 70,000 foot tops you see in the Midwest. It is the worst place for tornados on the earth. The temp differences and air mass differences are far greater power than tornados spun off of tropical storms. Not al tornados are accompanied by hail. My friend is a storm chaser for the Midwest a job I would never do.

Having lived in Leavenworth, Kansas two years of my childhood I can tell you a real tornado of F2 or above would rip the boat apart. Mast shrouds everything would get shattered. Ever been out in 65 knot winds and seen what that does to your boat. Take that times 12 at least.

They have real tornados there. Real storm cellars in the ground to get in the SW corner of. What you see on TV doesn't paint even 1/10 the true picture of the destruction. If I kept my boat on a lake in Kansas or Oklahoma I would not feel safe in it if tornado was approaching. I be heading for cover.

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