Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Newborn baby killed, dozens injured when tornado strikes North Dakota city

Newborn baby killed, dozens injured when tornado strikes North Dakota city

Authorities say warning sirens were sounded before a tornado touched down in a northwestern North Dakota city but people living in an RV park that was ravaged by the storm said they didn't hear them.

CBS Bismarck, North Dakota affiliate KXMB reports the McKenzie County Sheriff's Department said a seven-day-old baby died after being transported earlier to an undisclosed hospital containing advanced life support services.

According to the sheriff's office, the storm hit an RV park and trapped multiple people. She said the systems are meant to alert people who are engaged in outdoor activities and most of the sirens are placed near parks, sporting venues or other recreational areas. They say another 79 structures had moderate damage from the Tuesday morning twister and 120 had minor to no damage.

"It was just unbelievable the donations we'd get in", she said.

'That is why we are giving people the whole day to go in there.

Karolin Jappe, the McKenzie County emergency manager, said all of the sirens functioned properly, including one within blocks of the RV park.

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

McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger says the storm went over his house and down into the park about half a mile away. Schwartzenberger describes the setting as a "tornado scene" and says it "devastated an entire community". Cleanup operations were scheduled to resume Wednesday. We want people to have the time to get their stuff'.

He has been staying along with dozens of others at the Watford City Civic Center where the Red Cross has established a shelter.

WATFORD CITY (KFGO/KEYZ/AP) - National Weather Service officials say a tornado caused the storm damage that ripped through a western North Dakota recreational vehicle park.

In northeastern Montana, officials said a storm with estimated wind speeds over 100 miles per hour tore through part of a town Monday night. No injuries were reported.

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