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Northlanders Living In North Dakota Share Tornado Stories

Updated: 05/27/2014 5:20 PM
Created: 05/27/2014 4:15 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
lstribling@wdio.com

After an EF-2 tornado touched down in a small North Dakota town, Northlanders living in the area share their experiences.

The twister damaged a worker camp in Watford City injuring nine people. A fifteen-year-old girl from out of state was critically injured and suffered a head injury.

Jason Radmanovich is from Hibbing, but is living in Watford City while working in the area. He said he was a few hundred feet from the damage.

"There it was coming down from the sky into the ground right in front of my eyes," Radmanovich said. "It's a disaster. It looks like a debris field."

Radmanovich said golf ball-sized hail damaged his camper. Another man from Superior is also living in Watford City and dealt with the same hail.

While no one is believed to be missing, Radmanovich said the emergency response was complicated.

"It is bad with these man camps kind of scrunched together like it is because we had a few emergency vehicles come through and they didn't know how to get them," Radmanovich said.

The oil boom out there has brought tens of thousands of people to the area for work. Many live in worker camps, also known as man camps, and that can be very dangerous during severe weather.

(Copyright 2014 WDIO-TV, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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