Campsites are full for the Memorial Day weekend which means a lot of Iowans had little more than their tents or RV’s to protect them from Friday night’s storms.
“Some people left the campground but we just figured that we’re campers and we’d stay out for a while,” said Marvin Lancaster, a camper.
At Walnut Woods State Park in West Des Moines, rangers went campsite to campsite making sure people were aware of the severe weather.
Campers were encouraged to tune into weather radios and take shelter in the bathrooms if storms took a turn for the worst.
Rangers say many people were aware that storms were in the forecast, but they don’t take that for granted.
“We advise campers that the restrooms are fairly sturdy here. Other than that, Walnut Woods has a lot of large trees so we advise campers if there is no tornado threat to get out from under the trees,” said Tim Gedler, Park Ranger at Walnut Woods State Park.
If you’re camping this weekend, you can get all the latest local weather updates by downloading the 13 Warn Me app on your smart phone.