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Campers prepare for storm

By: Jordan Vilines Email
By: Jordan Vilines Email

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) Many people across the Bluegrass spent Wednesday preparing for storms and those who spent the night outside can sometimes be the most vulnerable to severe weather.

Wednesday’s hot and humid weather didn't stop campers from setting up shop at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground but as the day progressed-- the winds picked up-- and so did the possibility of severe weather.

“We aren’t immune to the weather issues so usually I’ll have my phone alert me that something is coming through so we'll pull the awnings in and put the chairs up,” said Erin Walker.

Erin Walker lives in Texas but she spends most of her time traveling across the country on her bus. She says when you travel and camp as frequently as she does, one thing you have to be prepared for is bad weather.

“We’ve ridden out a hurricane before in New Jersey and just pulled the slides in. When we were riding out the hurricane, they said the bus could with stand about 100 miles per hour winds before it gets a little dicey,” Walker said.

But if a tornado warning or watch is issued, Walker says she hits the road as fast as she can. Other folks we talked with said staying on the campground is just as safe because of the safety provisions put into place.

In case bad weather rolls through, folks on the campground can use the bath houses as severe weather shelters.

In order to alert campers of bad weather, storm sirens have been set up near the campground and there are also 24-hour police who inform campers if severe weather is on its way.

But on Wednesday, many campers say they planned to hunker down in their campers and hope that the bad weather passes over as quickly as possible.

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