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Old 09-15-2011
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We had one Weds. night race this summer when there was a tornado warning for our entire region (Hudson River valley, NY). The clouds were very threatening looking both to our north and south. We finished the race and went home. Our races do not take us much farther then a few miles from our mooring and the relative shelter of land.
News reports later revealed that a tornado had hit Springfield, MA destroying part of the town of Monson. It seems to be very difficult to predict the exact location that a tornado will hit but the forecasters seemed to know that all the elements needed for one were present. Some of the racers used their droids to pull up local radar information which revealed that the worst cloud formations went around us. I would keep a good lookout at the radar as well as just using common sense if you go out. Low, dark, ragged clouds would be reason enough for me to head for home.
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