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Dozens injured after storm hits RV park in North Dakota

Dozens injured after storm hits RV park in North Dakota

The McKenzie County Sheriff's Office reports at least 28 people were injured, three people were flown by air ambulance and at least six people are in critical condition.

Authorities say warning sirens were sounded before a tornado touched down in a northwestern North Dakota city but people living in an RV park that was ravaged by the storm said they didn't hear them.

Right now, there are widespread power outages in the area.

"My dog was with me and the next thing you knew the storm picked up my camper and slammed it on the ground".

Watford City Police Chief Shawn Doble said the support from emergency responders in the region was so fast that law enforcement had completed searching the entire RV park by the time the sun rose.

The early Tuesday twister that hit Watford City destroyed 122 structures and damaged about 200 more, though about 120 are still habitable, Mike Nowatzki, spokesman for Gov. Doug Burgum, said Wednesday. The storm demolished more than 100 recreational vehicles and other structures in an RV park.




McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger told the Bismarck Tribune on Tuesday night that a 1-week-old baby boy, whose name has not been released, had died after sustaining injuries when his family's trailer flipped over during the storm. Wind speeds reached 127 miles per hour in Watford City, damaging mobile homes and overturning campers in the RV park that sprung up during the recent oil boom. "It felt like we were weightless", Bowden said.

Schwartzenberger said the city of 6,500 people is "devastated". He says his house about half a mile from the park has some shingle and siding damage from the storm.

Bowden estimates about 70 of several hundred recreational vehicles were damaged when the storm blew through shortly after midnight.

Residents were allowed to return to the scene to collect belongings Tuesday and Wednesday.

"They're just working back and forth from the RV park and the shelter, trying to salvage what they can and clean up what they can, and then just getting some good rest", she said. He has been staying along with dozens of others at the Watford City Civic Center where the Red Cross has established a shelter. Burgum plans to meet with local response officials and residents displaced by the storm.