Severe Weather turns deadly
Severe Weather turns deadly. How are local parks prepared? Video by nbc26.comvideo
DAMAGE TOTALS CLIMBING IN THE NORTHWESTERN PART OF THE STATE FOLLOWING THIS WEEKENDS... FIERCE STORMS...
AUTHORITIES SAY DOZENS REMAIN IN THE HOSPITAL... ONE ELEVEN YEAR OLD GIRL... NOT AS FORTUNATE...AFTER BEING KILLED BY A FALLING TREE DURING HER FAMILY'S CAMPING TRIP...*N-B-C 26* VIDEOJOURNALIST "ERIC PETERSON" HAS MORE ON WHAT LOCAL CAMPGROUNDS ARE DOING...IF THE WEATHER TAKES A TURN FOR THE WORSE...
POTAWATOMI STATE PARK NEAR STURGEON BAY, IS FULL THIS WEEKEND. PERFECT WEATHER, FOR THE PERFECT VACATION, BUT WHEN THE SKIES TURN DARK, PLANS ARE IN PLACE, FOR PEOPLE TO GET TO SAFETY.
It's the first visit to this park for Bruce Klutz and his family, but they're no strangers, to the campground storm.
"The winds came up and tents were flying all over the place," said Eau Claire camper Bruce Klutz.
And with just a camper and tent,
"You get a little concerned especially when you got little kids, family and those kinds of things," said Klutz.
So when the skies turn dark at potawatomi state park, rangers watch the warnings, and will pay each of the 123 campsites a visit.
"Prior to it coming, we'll actually go around with lights on in our squad cars, and use the p.a. system to let people know," said Potawatomi State Park Superintendent Don McKinnon.
Steve Amerling says he's been caught in a storm.
"It's pretty exciting, we end up running for the bathroom, that's where you're supposed to go when there's inclement weather," said Fond du Lac camper Steve Amerling.
Bathrooms, showers, and this picnic shelter are available, rangers say a tornado could be worse.
"For tornadoes, there's really no safe place in the park. and it's up to them to leave themselves, or to find shelter," said McKinnon.
so for now people will have to listen to the rangers. because they may be the only ones in touch with technology.
"That's helpful, especially a lot of times you're not clued in to what's going on. you're not listening to television or the radio," Klutz said.