North Dakota Tornado Surprises Oil Workers at Camping Area
By Daniel Joseph Cruz | May 29, 2014 11:07 AM EST
RV house parking workers were hit with a tornado that injured nine people and damaged 15 trailers at Watford City, North Dakota on Memorial Day, May 26. Among the injured people, a 15-year-old girl was caught in the catastrophic event suffering serious injuries. The North Dakota tornado peaked at 120 mph winds, the National Weather Service said Tuesday.
The tornado landed Monday night at the workers camp five miles south of Watford City, and about 50 miles southeast of Willston. The 15-year-old girl, who was in the area when the twister started, was rushed to the hospital. She suffered a critical head injury but is now recovering, McKenzie County Emergency Manager Jerry Samuelson said Tuesday.
Samuelson did not reveal the girl's name and other background information.
The other eight people suffered fewer injuries and just made it in time to escape during the tornado's devastation. They were already treated at Watford City hospital.
No sirens or local alarms warned the housing workers in North Dakota's oil patch when the tornado hit. "Even with warning, there are scant places to take cover in the wide-open plain," the ABC News reports.
With the recent tornado event, officials said they started to discuss among companies and others on setting up protective shelters to better protect the workers who have taken temporary living in that region.
North Dakota's area that has a huge potential for the oil industry attracted workers in droves. These workers quickly set up and assembled make shift camps, trailer parks, and prefabricated military-like barracks.
Most of the workers had nowhere to take cover. The twister went the path leading to the workers only escape route, forcing them to just "duck and cover" in their current locations back then.
Meteorologist Ken Simosko commented that the increase in setting up more temporary shelters due to the area's growing industry, poses more destructive threats from tornadoes. He concludes that people who live in trailers are always in great danger when natural catastrophic events hit because there is no protection.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- Typhoon Rammasun Claims 18 Lives in China, Incurs $4.32B Losses (PHOTOS)
- Kate Middleton's Pregnancy Hearsays: Possible Evidence Revealed [PHOTOS]
- Malaysia Airlines MH17: Vital Black Boxes Finally Land in Hands of Malaysian Authorities, Rebels Announce Ceasefire (PHOTOS/VIDEOS)
- Selena Gomez Turns 22 Today, Celebrates Early without Justin Bieber: Top 12 Interesting Facts About the Singer [SEE PHOTOS]
Join the Conversation
- Jeremy Meeks Death Hoax: Handsome Felon's Fake Death after Release from Jail Goes Viral
- 2014 Meteor Shower: Where and How to Best View Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower Peak on July 28 and 29
- Happy Birthday Prince George: 5 Things to Know About Kate Middleton and Prince William’s Son
- Prince George’s Birthday Celebrations: Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla to Remain Absent from Grandson's First Birthday Party Plus Other Details- Report
- iPhone 6 releasing Soon, Use Old Smartphones to Save Rainforest
- iPhone 6 2014 Release Date Very Soon as Apple Orders 120M New iPhones from Foxconn – Report
- Google Nexus 6 on Release Date Will Sport 2K Display Panel & Lower Price Tag – Report
- Motorola Moto G Vs. Xiaomi Mi3 – Low in Price, High -level Features
- Sony PlayStation 4 Outsells a Resurgent Xbox One in June
- Killer Xiaomi Mi4 at $369 Likely to Come With 5.0-Inch Display, Snapdragon 801 Processor, 3GB RAM and More
- Raining Discounts: $100 Price Cut on Moto X; LG G3 Available for $100 On-Contract; Sony Xperia Z2 on Release Date Gets $50 Price Cut (U.S.)