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PatrickE
07/14/2020 08:09PM
 
We were camped on Ima when it came through. Pretty terrifying. Found a lot of our gear that wasn’t tied down back in the woods. Very little sleep that night.
 
Soledad
07/14/2020 09:52PM
 
I'll never forget pulling up to a campsite after a very stormy night on Lac la Croix and seeing the dry spot where a small tent was pitched. A huge birch tree had fallen, and the very tips of the branches crossed the dry line. There was a baby's diaper left behind. A close call for that family.
 
Portage99
07/11/2020 09:49PM
 
Yeah they did everything right. I’m glad everybody was OK. I’m sitting on my porch watching storms roll in right now. Absolutely gorgeous. Even a little hail. I was thinking about how’d I’d be feeling in a tent during the gusts that were coming in. It’s great to know there were no injuries.
 
Pinetree
07/12/2020 11:49AM
 
Minnesotian: "
We were camping on the north end of Pipestone Bay the night this storm came through. I remember waking up to the constant sound of rolling thunder and it made me think of a freight train a-coming. I thought this was going to be bad so I got my pants and boots on and prepared, knowing where the big rock was where I could get the group of boy scouts I was with to.



But the kids chose a great site, based off listening to the weather radio I had along. We stayed well protected and came out of the storm just fine. "



You hit it correctly. Check your campsite out when you get there and see if there would be a safe place to retreat and also look at the tree where you set camp up. Which way do they lean etc.
 
Minnesotian
07/12/2020 11:23AM
 

We were camping on the north end of Pipestone Bay the night this storm came through. I remember waking up to the constant sound of rolling thunder and it made me think of a freight train a-coming. I thought this was going to be bad so I got my pants and boots on and prepared, knowing where the big rock was where I could get the group of boy scouts I was with to.


But the kids chose a great site, based off listening to the weather radio I had along. We stayed well protected and came out of the storm just fine.
 
aruthenb
07/15/2020 07:16AM
 
Wow, that picture says it all. Glad they decided to leave cover and get on an open rock flat near shore. That is a lesson we can all learn from, getting soaked is better than risking a tree falling on your tent.
 
Savage Voyageur
07/10/2020 10:25PM
 
Edit, works now.

That would be a scary time. Wow.
 
Pinetree
07/10/2020 10:26PM
 
Savage Voyageur: "Bad link for me. " Try now
 
Pinetree
07/10/2020 11:04PM
 
Story
 
stevedug
07/10/2020 11:03PM
 
So glad they all made it out without injury.


We were in a similar type situation in 2011 on Quetico Lake. When those trees start snapping and crashing down in the middle of the night it’s pretty terrifying situation.
 
Pinetree
07/10/2020 10:20PM
 
escape
 
Pinetree
07/11/2020 01:35PM
 
Frenchy19: "Great call to get out of the tents."


I agree
 
mjmkjun
07/11/2020 10:44AM
 
Holy Mackeral! Hard to decide what direction to flee in such calamity.

 
Frenchy19
07/11/2020 11:48AM
 
Great call to get out of the tents.
 
schweady
07/11/2020 10:19AM
 
Just saw the strib story. First thought was that these folks did everything right. Glad it had a happy ending (except for the shortened trip). Tales to tell, for sure.