The Last: RV residents do not hear tornado warning sirens

WATFORD CITY, N. D. – The Latest on the tornado that devastated a Watford City RV park, killing a week old baby and the wounding of 28 people (all times are local):

11:33 pm

Authorities say warning sirens were sounded for a tornado to hit in a northwestern North Dakota city, but people who are in a RV park that was ravaged by the storm said they didn’t hear.

A newborn baby was killed and more than two dozen people were injured as the storm moved through Watford City shortly after midnight Tuesday. More than 120 structures were demolished.

McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger says sirens were activated, but “the storm was so loud you couldn’t hear them.” It is not clear how many sirens in the city and whether they are functioning correctly. Karolin Jappe, the McKenzie County emergency manager, did not immediately return phone messages left by The Associated Press.

RV park resident Clifford Bowden, says he wanted to not hear sirens, but someone he knows, who lives in the city heard.


8:30 pm

A crowdfunding campaign raised more than $13,000 for a couple lost their week old baby when a tornado hit a North Dakota city.

McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger said the boy died after the storm flipped his family’s trailer Tuesday morning at an RV park in Watford City.

The name of the baby has not yet been released. The Bismarck Tribune says Schwartzenberger reported to Gov. Doug Burgum and other officials late Tuesday that the boy was the son of Marisa Reber, and Maguire.

A GoFundMe account set up for the couple to show more than 225 people had donated, as of the beginning of the Wednesday.

The National Weather Service said an EF2 tornado hit Watford City with wind speeds of 127 km / h (200 km / h).

More than two dozen other people were injured.

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