How to survive a hurricane during a road trip?

Hurricane Leslie. The first hurricane ever to hit Europe. That's how they described the big storm, that was heading directly towards us and our RV parked at a cozy spot near Peniche, Portugal. Concerned of the strong wind and stuff flying around with it, we decided to head a couple dozen kilometers inland around 6 PM last night. At the time, the wind had already started blowing quite rapidly and the sea was getting messy around the Baleal Island – the place, where both of us had been surfing just a few hours ago.

Some big swell at Baleal 24 h before Leslie was to arrive.
We first noticed Leslie on the weekend's surf-forecast. 
The forecast looked kind of sketchy with all the red triangles, big swell and rising wind speed. On Saturday afternoon, our neighbors (i.e. a the guys living in vans next to us) also warned us about the approaching hurricane. They were going to move inland later in the evening and suggested, that we would find some shelter too. After that, there were several people asking around about what to do and where to go.

Leslie on the wave map.

Leslie on Saturday night's surf-forecast.

Indeed. What to do and where to go in case of a big storm or even a hurricane, if you're out there with your home on wheels? Leslie turned out not to be a full size hurricane, but it certainly was powerful enough to break things (didn't experience ourselves, but saw on the news). 
To avoid possible damages on our RV, we did three things before the storm arrived.

First of all, we gathered some information about the storm. How fast and from which direction will the wind blow? How long is the storm likely to last? In Leslie's case the worst weather was supposed to be around midnight and the wind was predicted to blow first from south and then turn 180° to blow from north.

Based on the gathered information, we started looking for a safe parking lot for the night. The weather forecast leaded us to Losa del Obispo, our RV parked in the middle of large buildings and between two vans. What we were trying to find, was a some sort of parking lot with either terrain formations or buildings sheltering us from the storm. That being said, a forest would not have been a good option, because of the possibility of trees falling or sticks and whatnot flying around.

Sheltered from three sides.

What else did we do before Leslie arrived? We secured our RV's skylight windows with a few cargo straps. The window hatches sometimes flap even when it's not that windy, so we were afraid of them flying off during the night. The odd-looking installation worked well and the window hatches were still in place in the morning. On the other hand, we were quite sheltered from the wind as well and slept our night peacefully.

A stormproof way to secure a skylight window.

Do you have some other tips and tricks for surviving a storm on the road? Feel free to post them on the comment box below. I would love to hear other people's experiences on what works and what doesn't, when the weather is about to get ugly during a road trip.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Tips for climbing and camping in Chulilla

Multi Pitch Climbing In El Chorro: Part 1

El Chorro Climbing Shop: Where To Buy Climbing Gear In El Chorro?