Dozens injured after storm hits RV park in North Dakota


Bowden says he and his dog were in his camper at Prairie View RV Park early Tuesday when powerful winds picked it up and slammed it down on the ground. "It was scary. I feel like I'm a pretty tough guy. But, this storm, it made me shake uncontrollably", Bowden said.

The McKenzie County Sheriff's Office says several people are trapped or injured.

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 biggest need right now is going to be for housing", Gretchen Hjelmstad, communications officer for Dakota Region of the Red Cross, told the Tribune. She said the systems are meant to alert people who are engaged in outdoor activities and most of the sirens are placed near parks, sporting venues or other recreational areas. "And nobody would be outside in that weather", Jappe said.

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.

"It's a tornado scene", Schwartzenberger said. Schwartzenberger earlier said the storm "devastated an entire community".

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A Go Fund Me account was established Tuesday for the family of the 6-day-old boy who died. He said the park would then be shut down and that cleanup operations would resume Wednesday morning.

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

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

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About 150 people, including Bowden, are staying at the Watford City Civic Center where the Red Cross has set up a temporary shelter. Sanford said the extent of the damage is "devastating and mindboggling, with RVs utterly flattened and destroyed". Sheridan County Sheriff Heidi Williamson said a microburst with speeds up to 118 miles per hour destroyed at least nine small airplanes at the airport in Plentywood.