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macrumors newbie
Original poster
May 14, 2015
First off, I love the Apple Watch when I am camping. While at the campsite, I can leave my phone in the tent and still get notifications when I am on-call. It also came in handy when cooking around camp to set timers.

Friday night, this past week, we were at the campsite getting ready to roast marshmallows when my watch goes off, it is the Emergency app alerting me that there is a Tornado Warning in effect for our area, giving us enough notice to quickly grab some things and head to a friend's basement in town. There were several tornados in the area, fortunately there wasn't any damage or injuries.

There are times when I don't carry my phone around, in these instances it's nice to have the watch to get important messages or alerts.
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macrumors newbie
Original poster
May 14, 2015
If I'm backpacking in the backcountry, where there isn't adequate cell reception, I'm not wearing my Apple Watch and there aren't man made storm shelters nearby to run to if I did get an alert. :^)


macrumors member
Aug 11, 2010
Are you in Canada Caglary/Banff area? Just a wild guess, cause we had tornado warning here last week. Nothing happened tho.

And although I had my watch, it didn't give me any notification. But there were enough people running and screaming around the office here to know something was happening.


Mar 26, 2008
you got balls. i could never live in an area of tornados yet i am fascinated by them at the same time

Tom G.

macrumors 68020
Jun 16, 2009
Champaign/Urbana Illinois
To bushido,

Every spot on earth has its own problems. There are not many tornados in California, but they have earthquakes and Hurricanes. East coast not many tornados but ask people about Hurricane Sandy. I've been through many Hurricanes and typhoons when I was in the Navy, and would rather face a tornado. Its smaller and over a lot quicker.

To the superliu you may want to check your settings on your watch, I believe you should have gotten a warning. It might depend on your weather app, however.
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Moderator emeritus
Aug 16, 2005
New England
FWIW, we've had several tornadoes and tornado warnings here in MA since I moved back here in 2009. Most in the central part of the state, but one made landfall on the coast.



macrumors 6502a
Oct 30, 2009
I really like the severe weather warning notifications on the AW. It is hard to miss or ignore notifications that are received on your wrist.

I grew up in Oklahoma where we had lots of tornadoes. Then moved to Los Angeles where we had earthquakes. I would rather take my chances with an earthquake than a tornado. Now I live in the east where we have been having severe thunder storms. Not too close to the coast so hurricanes are not so severe. I am very happy with the weather where I am right now.
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