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Tornado Destroys Parts of RV Park in North Dakota

13 July 2018

A newborn baby was killed and more than two dozen people were injured when a tornado whipped through a North Dakota oil patch city overnight, overturning recreational vehicles and demolishing more than 100 structures, officials said Tuesday.

Schwartzenberger said his onsite commander reported 122 structures in the park were completely destroyed.

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.

"It's just like an oversized RV park on steroids", Jappe said. "But, this storm, it made me shake uncontrollably", he added. "It's wonderful how many people are coming through and just want to contribute".

"The cheapest insurance that people can buy is an all-hazard weather radio", Senger said.

Schwartzenberger said the city of 6,500 people is "devastated". "It was insane. I didn't think it was going to be that loud and that strong".

Schwartzenberger said the park residents were allowed back Tuesday afternoon to collect their belongings. "It felt like we were weightless", resident Clifford Bowen said.

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National Weather Service officials say a tornado caused the storm damage that ripped through a western North Dakota recreational vehicle park. It's not clear how many sirens are in town and whether they were functioning properly.

Schwartzenberger said there are numerous shelters in the city, some of them within minutes of the RV park.

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.

National Weather Service meteorologist John Paul Martin classified the tornado as an EF2, which is defined by wind speeds between 111 and 135 miles per hour.

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.

A GoFundMe account set up for the couple shows more than 225 people had donated as of early Wednesday.

Tornado Destroys Parts of RV Park in North Dakota