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Raw: Deadly Tornado Strikes North Dakota Town

13 July 2018

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.

All eight outdoor warning sirens in a North Dakota oil patch city were sounded before a deadly tornado ravaged an RV park, but park residents and others said they didn't hear them, authorities said Wednesday.

One of those injured was a 7-day-old infant boy, who later died from injuries sustained in the tornado after being transferred to a hospital with advanced life support services. "Many people have just lost everything". "I've never heard a storm that loud in the six years I have been in North Dakota". The Red Cross is assisting those displaced by the storm. "It felt like we were weightless", resident Clifford Bowen said.

"It was just fantastic the donations we'd get in", she said.

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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. There were no tornado-related fatalities in May and June, the two most active and notorious months for tornadoes in the U.S. The storm destroyed 122 structures, including RVs, mobile homes and outbuildings in the RV park that houses oilfield workers as well as families.

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

"There's a threat of a few tornadoes and potential of large hail and a threat of flash flooding for the same areas mainly from this evening into early Thursday", Chenard said.

Schwartzenberger says his house half a mile from the RV park suffered siding, shingle and hail damage.

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"Obviously they are going to be stressed out by what they see because it was pitch black when it first happened", Schwartzenberger said. Cleanup operations were scheduled to resume Wednesday. "That is why we are giving people the whole day to go in there".

About 150 people, including Bowden, are staying at the Watford City Civic Center where the Red Cross has set up a temporary shelter.

Dozens were injured in an RV park in Watford City, North Dakota, when tornado caused widespread destruction.

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Raw: Deadly Tornado Strikes North Dakota Town