North Dakota RV Park Hit by Severe Storm, Injuring Dozens

July 10, 2018

Dozens were injured in a small North Dakota town after a severe storm packing wind gusts up to 59 MPH hit an RV Park causing "substantial damage" and "widespread destruction", including flipped and shredded RVs overnight Monday. 

The McKenzie County Sheriff's Office said that 28 people were injured in the Parairie View RV Park in Watford City, North Dakota after the storm rolled through after midnight. Six of the 28 were said to be critically injured, with some being flown as far away as Fargo to receive treatment, KFGO reports. 

Photos from the scene on social media show the scattered pieces of RVs thrown about the site of the RV Park. The Sheriff's Office and several other agencies conducted search and rescue efforts into the morning to free those trapped and injured in the wreckage. 

A team from the National Weather Service in Bismarck, North Dakota, is en route to assess the damage and determine whether a tornado or straight line winds were the culprit. 

Wind gusts up to 59 MPH were reported in the Watford City area as the storm hit, weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce said. 

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