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Watford City Tornado Rated As EF-2

Watford City Tornado Rated As EF-2

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UPDATE (2:45 PM Tuesday)
The National Weather Service Office in Bismarck has rated the Watford City tornado an EF-2. Peak winds in the tornado reached an estimated 120 miles her hour. The path length of the tornado was approximately 1/2 a mile and the maximum width was around 100 yards. This is a preliminary report, and more details will be released by the National Weather Service Office in Bismarck as it becomes available.

Nine people were hurt Monday evening when a tornado tore through an oil field crew camp near Watford City, North Dakota. Eight of those people were treated for their injuries and released. One was transferred to Trinity Hospital in Minot, ND in critical condition. At this point no deaths have been reported. 

The McKenzie County Sheriff's Office said 12 to 15 RV's were destroyed when a twister packing high winds and golf ball sized hail hit an RV park. 
  There are also reports of small stream flooding as a result of the storm.

The American Red Cross opened an emergency shelter at the Civic Center in Watford City for several displaced families. Eight individuals spent the night in the shelter on Monday. The Red Cross will be working with city and state emergency managers to determine needs in the area for the coming days.

Several tornado warnings were issued by the National Weather service early Monday evening for McKenzie and Dunn counties in North Dakota.  The National Weather service is investigating reports of as many as three possible tornadoes--although those may be multiple touchdowns of the same funnel cloud.

Severe weather is possible again Tuesday for parts of North Dakota.
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