Baby dies after tornado flips trailer in North Dakota

Elias Hubbard
July 12, 2018

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

A newborn baby was killed and more than two dozen people were injured after a tornado barrelled through an RV park in Watford City, North Dakota, on Tuesday.

The tornado hit hardest in the RV park of Waterford City, where hundreds of structures like this one were totally demolished. RVs flipped over. Trucks underneath RVs, ' Jappe said.

"When you put a siren in that environment you aren't going to hear that unless you're outside".

"I have never lived in a place that is so loving and caring and kind", Jappe said.

Officials said 28 people were injured after the tornado hit just after midnight.

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

McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger says the storm went over his house and down into the park about half a mile away. "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. It felt like we were weightless, ' Bowden said. He declined to talk about what impact the storm would have on the sound of warning sirens.

"Four years ago, $42,000 was raised for tornado victims with donations coming from across North Dakota and Montana", Jappe said.

There were no tornado-related fatalities in May and June, the two most active and notorious months for tornadoes in the U.S.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help the child's family.

A representative from the McKenzie County Sheriff's office did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Wednesday. Nine of those are in critical condition, he said.

The National Weather Service classified the tornado as an EF2 with wind speeds reaching 127 miles per hour.

He has been staying along with dozens of others at the Watford City Civic Center where the Red Cross has established a shelter.

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.

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