Dozens injured after storm hits RV park in North Dakota

Blanche Robertson
July 11, 2018

A team from the National Weather Service in Bismarck, North Dakota, is en route to assess the damage and determine whether a tornado or straight line winds were the culprit.

The tornado was embedded in thunderstorms which were packing winds of around 75 miles per hour.

Dozens of people are injured after severe weather hit Watford City, North Dakota early Tuesday morning.

More than two dozen other people were injured.

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More than two dozen people were hurt when the tornado went through the Prairie View RV Park in Watford City shortly after midnight Tuesday.

McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger says the storm went over his house and down into the park about half a mile away.

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At least three people suffered critical injuries, according to McKenzie County's emergency manager, Karolin Jappe. Schwartzenberger describes the setting as a "tornado scene" and says it "devastated an entire community". I'm devastated myself at what has happened.

Schwartzenberger said the park residents would be allowed back briefly Tuesday afternoon to collect their belongings.

A rescue operation is underway in Watford City after an early morning storm slammed through an RV park.

'Obviously they are going to be stressed out by what they see because it was pitch black when it first happened, ' Schwartzenberger said. We want people to have the time to get their stuff'.

Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford has arrived in Watford City, where he was once mayor and where he still has a home, according to Mike Nowatzki, a spokesman for Gov. Doug Burgum.

Sanford said the extent of the damage is 'devastating and mind-boggling, with RVs utterly flattened and destroyed'. No injuries were reported.

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