North Dakota tornado kills newborn, destroys more than 100 structures



A newborn killed in North Dakota tornado

Deadly twister destroyed more than 100 homes.

A newborn was killed and more than 100 buildings were destroyed when a tornado tore through a North Dakota city early Tuesday, turning an RV park into a field of twisted metal and debris.

The McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that a 1-week-old boy died of injuries which he had sustained in the family mobile home in Watford City mirrored in the storm.

While the name of the child was not immediately released, the Bismarck Tribune reported the baby was the son of Marisa Reber, and Maguire. A GoFundMe account set up to help the parents of the child said the child’s name was Blake.

“In just a 6 days old baby Blake, and his mother Marisa and father were enjoying finally at home with their newborn baby if a tornado suddenly hit their mobile home directly,” Sheila Anderson wrote in the GoFundMe page. “Marisa held him tight by the tornado, their home was rolled and destroyed. Blake was then life flighted to the hospital, where they discovered that he was suffering from serious head injuries.”

The crowdfunding campaign has already more than $14,000 in donations of more than 250 people as of Wednesday.

The National Weather Service said an EF2 tornado hit Watford City in the northwestern part of the state with wind speeds of 127 km / h.

This aerial video, shot with a drone by HRI Aerial photos shows the damage at an RV park Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Watford City, N. D..

(HRI aerial photography via AP)

The sheriff’s office said that 20 of the reported 28 injured in the storm were the Prairie View RV Park, where high winds toppled some campers and damaged mobile homes. A total of 122 Structures, including CAMPER trailers, outbuildings and mobile homes were destroyed and 79 structures sustained moderate to severe damage.”


Resident Eric Vail told KYYR-TV his family was fortunately not injured, but the tornado was fierce.

“That time the house of the neighbors picked itself up, the one behind us here, and came by my house. In principle, destroyed everything in its path. Yelled to my wife to get on the floor and climbed the rubble, heading to go find my son,” he said.

Karolin Jappe, the McKenzie County emergency manager, told the Associated Press the RV park is one of the largest such facilities until the spring in the oil boom.

“It is just a large RV park on steroids,” Jappe said. “There is more devastation than a tornado four years ago. Stainless steel reversed. Trucks under Stainless steel.”

This photo by Clifford Bowden gives damage early Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at an RV park in Watford City, N. D., after a heavy storm whipped through.

(Clifford Bowden, via AP)

Clifford Bowden told the AP that he was in his recreational vehicle when the storm hit.

“My dog was with me and the next thing you knew the storm grabbed my camper and slammed it on the ground. It felt as if we were weightless,” Bowden said. “It was scary. I feel like I’m a pretty tough guy. But this storm, it made me uncontrollably shake.”

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford, Watford City native, visited the affected areas on Tuesday, and said that more than 150 people were displaced by the storm.

Monday, July 9, 2018, in the evening photo by a Brooks Photography shows a 175 Cessna plane upside down at the airport in Plentywood, Mont.

(Taylor Ordahl/Brooks Photography via AP)

“The extent of the damage here is devastating and mind-boggling, Stainless steel perfectly be targeted and destroyed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the wounded and displaced by the tornado,” Sanford said in a statement. “Fortunately, the community of Watford City, doing a great job offering assistance, providing food and water and find shelter for the displaced. It will be a huge effort to clean up and recover from a tornado, and the state stands ready to help where we can.”

In northeast Montana, officials said, a storm with estimated wind speeds of more than 100 mph tore through part of a city Monday night. Sheridan County Sheriff Heidi Williamson said that it was a microburst with speeds of up to 118 km / h destroyed at least nine small planes at the airport in Plentywood. No injuries reported, but the storm uprooted trees, downed power lines and other buildings damaged.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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