Tornado confirmed in Watford City, 9 critical injuries

National Weather Service confirms North Dakota city struck by tornado

National Weather Service confirms North Dakota city struck by tornado

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.

Jappe said the county plans to have Lutheran Social Services handle the fund distribution after reviewing cases of those affected. "I've never heard a storm that loud in the six years I have been in North Dakota". Nine of the 28 were said to be critically injured, with some flown as far away as Fargo to receive treatment, KFGO reports. The storm destroyed 122 structures, including RVs, mobile homes and outbuildings in the RV park that houses oilfield workers as well as families. "It felt like we were weightless", Clifford Bowden, who was in his vehicle at the Prairie View RV Park when the twister hit, told the Associated Press.

McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger said he lives on a hill overlooking the park and he didn't hear the sirens.

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. Officials confirmed an F-2 tornado touched down in the Prairie View RV Park after an assessment on Tuesday afternoon.

"It's a tornado scene", Schwartzenberger said.

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

"They're just working back and forth from the RV park and the shelter, trying to salvage what they can and clean up what they can, and then just getting some good rest", she said.

"Obviously they are going to be stressed out by what they see because it was pitch black when it first happened", Schwartzenberger said. "We want people to have the time to get their stuff".

This aerial image from video, shot with a drone provided by HRI Aerial Imaging, shows damage at an RV park Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Watford City, N.D., after a violent storm whipped through the northwestern North Dakota city overnight. He has been staying along with dozens of others at the Watford City Civic Center where the Red Cross has established a shelter.

The storm also uprooted trees, downed power lines and damaged other buildings.

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