A tornado packing winds up to 127 miles per hour ripped through a North Dakota recreational vehicle park overnight Monday, destroying or damaging hundreds of structures, killing an newborn and injuring dozens, some critically.
A newborn baby was killed and more than two dozen people were injured when the storm moved through Watford City shortly after midnight Tuesday. "It's awesome how many people are coming through and just want to contribute". "But, this storm, it made me shake uncontrollably", he added. Burgum plans to meet with local response officials and residents displaced by the storm. "It felt like we were weightless", Bowden said.
"It was just unbelievable the donations we'd get in", she said. In addition to those structures, there were 79 with moderate damage and 120 with minor to no damage.
McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger said he lives on a hill overlooking the park and he didn't hear the sirens.
Karolin Jappe, the McKenzie County emergency manager, said the RV park is one of the largest such facilities to spring up during the oil boom and there were some mobile homes on the property.
A crowdfunding campaign has raised more than $13,000 for a couple who lost their week-old baby when a tornado hit a North Dakota town. The Red Cross is opening a resource center at the Watford City Civic Center for individuals and families affected by the storm, which will be open from 9 a.m.to 7 p.m. Thursday.
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Schwartzenberger describes the setting as a "tornado scene" and says it "devastated an entire community".
"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 says his house about half a mile from the park has some shingle and siding damage from the storm.
Schwartzenberger said there are numerous shelters in the city, some of them within minutes of the RV park.
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An aerial view of tornado damage in a trailer park in Watford City, North Dakota, U.S., is seen in this July 10, 2018 still image taken from a social media video. Nine of those are in critical condition, he said.