Tornado Hits RV Park

Dozens Hurt In North Dakota

July 10, 2018 - 3:45 pm

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) —National Weather Service officials say a tornado caused the storm damage that ripped through a western North Dakota recreational vehicle park.

Weather Service meteorologist John Paul Martin classified the twister as an EF2, with wind speeds reaching 127 mph.

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

Clifford Bowden says he's among those who escaped injury when the violent storm moved through his RV park.

    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. He says that for a while it felt like he was weightless.

    Bowden estimates about 70 of several hundred recreational vehicles were damaged when the storm blew through shortly after midnight. He has been staying along with dozens of others at the Watford City Civic Center where the Red Cross has established a shelter.

    McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger says the storm went over his house and down into the park about half a mile away. He says the storm "devastated an entire community."

    Residents were being allowed into the park Tuesday afternoon. Cleanup operations scheduled to resume Wednesday.

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