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The Latest: Weather service says tornado destroyed RV park

WATFORD CITY, N. D. – The Latest news about the storm that hit the northwest of North Dakota, injuring more than two dozen people (local times):

2:10 pm

The National Weather Service officials say a tornado caused the storm damage that ripped through western North Dakota recreational vehicle park.

Weather meteorologist John Paul Martin classified the twister as an EF2, with wind speeds reaching 127 km / h.

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

McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger says the storm entered his house and down into the park, about a half-mile away. He says that the storm devastated a whole community.”

The residents were allowed in to the park Tuesday afternoon. Cleanup operations were scheduled to resume Wednesday.

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12:25 pm

The authorities say that the residents be allowed back in a North Dakota motor home park that was ravaged by a violent overnight storm, so that they can collect some belongings.

McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger says at least 28 people injured when the storm swept through the Prairie View RV Park early Tuesday. He says cleanup activities are scheduled to resume Wednesday morning.

Schwartzenberger describes the setting as a “tornado scene” and says that it “devastated a whole community.” He says that his house about a half-mile of the park has a number of shingle and siding damage from the storm.

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11:30 pm

Clifford Bowden, he says, among those on the injury when a heavy storm moved through the northwest of North Dakota community of Watford City and pain of at least 28 people, including many on his RV park.

Bowden says that he and his dog are in his motorhome at the Prairie View RV Park early Tuesday when strong winds picked it up and slammed it down on the ground. He says that for a while, it felt like he was weightless.

Bowden estimates about 70 of some of the hundreds of recreational vehicles were damaged when the storm blew through shortly after midnight. He has been staying along with dozens of others at the Watford City Civic Center, where the Red Cross has established a shelter.

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9:16 pm

The authorities say that more than two dozen people injured, three critically, when a violent storm whipped by a northwestern North Dakota city, trapping some people in the flip of recreational vehicles.

The McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office, says the storm moved through Watford City shortly after midnight Tuesday, hitting a RV park the hardest. Sheriff’s officials say about 20 of the 28 injured were staying at the Prairie View RV Park where a lot of wind toppled some campers and damaged mobile homes.

McKenzie County emergency manager Karolin Jappe, says at least three people suffered critical injuries. Jappe says about 150 people are staying at the Watford City Civic Center, where a temporary shelter has been set up. The Red Cross helps people displaced by the storm.

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Information from: KFGO-AM, http://www.kfgo.com

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