Published: Fri, July 13, 2018

Newborn Baby Killed, Dozens Injured In North Dakota Tornado

Newborn Baby Killed, Dozens Injured In North Dakota Tornado

McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger says his house half a mile from the park suffered siding and shingle damage.

Jappe said the county plans to have Lutheran Social Services handle the fund distribution after reviewing cases of those affected. "But, this storm, it made me shake uncontrollably", he added. "Many people have just lost everything".

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

"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. "It was insane. I didn't think it was going to be that loud and that strong".

Residents were being allowed into the park Tuesday afternoon. "We are very thankful that their young son Tristan was having a sleepover that night and was unharmed", said Sheila Anderson, who created the GoFundMe page.


Ken Simosko, National Weather Service meteorologist in Bismarck, said a severe thunderstorm warning with the possibility of a tornado was issued about 60 minutes in advance of the storm. It's not clear how many sirens are in town and whether they were functioning properly.

"Obviously they are going to be stressed out by what they see because it was pitch black when it first happened", Schwartzenberger said. In addition to those structures, there were 79 with moderate damage and 120 with minor to no damage. Nine of the 28 were said to be critically injured, with some flown as far away as Fargo to receive treatment, KFGO reports.

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

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

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. About 60 people including 14 children remained there early Wednesday, according to spokeswoman Gretchen Hjelmstad.

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