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It's been an active tropical season with Hanna, Ike and Josephine currently stirring up trouble in the Atlantic. Living in Texas, we've already been caught in two named storms. This included a brush with an outer-outer band of Hurricane Gustav that nearly overwhelmed the little compact car we were driving and, for that matter, slowed down just about everything on the road. It got us wondering: what would be the ultimate Hurricane survival vehicle? It would be cheating to go with a tracked vehicle, so let's stick to those of the non-tracked variety, but otherwise, it would have to be strong enough to endure hurricane force winds but quick enough to move when the eye does. If you're going to do all of that work to get into a storm you might as well have some communications equipment so you can tell your friends and CNN. We're big fans of the Red Cross ECRV, which is a modified Ford Excursion able to communicate across a wide range of satellite and radio spectrums and feature a diesel powered alternator. Of course speaking of CNN, those vans of theirs seem to do pretty well at getting around town. What would your survival vehicle of choice for a hurricane be? (QOTD is your chance to answer the day's most pressing automotive questions and experience the opinions of the insightful insiders, practicing pundits and gleeful gearheads that make up the Jalopnik commentariat. If you've got a suggestion for a good "Question Of The Day" send an email to tips at jalopnik dot com.) [Photo Credit: Flickr]


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