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North Dakota Tornado Kills Baby, Injures Dozens of Other People

Compiled from Associated Press reports
Updated: July 11, 2018 10:17 AM

A tornado struck a western North Dakota town early Tuesday, killing a newborn baby, injuring dozens of other people, and destroying more than one hundred structures.

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McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger says the week-old boy died after the storm flipped his family's trailer at an RV park in Watford City. The Bismarck Tribune says Schwartzenberger reported to Gov. Doug Burgum and other officials late Tuesday that the boy was the son of Marisa Reber and Will Maguire.

A GoFundMe account set up for the couple has raised more than $13,000 as of early Wednesday.

More than two dozen other people were injured in the storm, at least three critically.

Weather Service meteorologist John Paul Martin classified the twister as an EF2, which is defined by winds speeds between 111 and 135 mph. Martin says wind speeds reached 127 mph in Watford City.

Authorities say preliminary reports show 122 structures in a Watford City RV park were completely destroyed. McKenzie County emergency manager Karolin Jappe says the RV park is one of the largest such facilities to spring up during the oil boom.

Schwartzenberger says his onsite commander reported another 79 structures had moderate damage from the Tuesday morning twister and 120 had minor to no damage.

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