Watford City, ND (KEYZ) The storm that ravaged Williston last night, turned violent in McKenzie County just after midnight where as many as 17 first responder units including the Sheriff’s Department, and Watford City police pulled dozens of injured people from within overturned RVs at the Prairie View RV park at 304 16th Avenue SW. Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger tells news radio his deputies are still on the scene along with others from Williams county sheriff, WIlliston fire, Alexander and more.
“I can not confirm whether it was a tornado or a micro burst of some sort, but it flipped over a few RV’s in the Praifie View RV park, and we’re in there right now assessing the damage and we’ve moved as many people as we can out to a shelter at the Civic Center,” says Schwartzenberger.
At least 28 injured so far and receiving treatment at McKenzie County Hospital, with at least three victims being flown by air ambulance to other facilities. Displaced residents are being cared for at the Civic Center at 112 2nd Avenue NE, where a shelter has been set up. Please avoid the area of Main Street Watford City from 6th Avneue SE to 24th Avenue SW. The city is asking for able bodied volunteers to got to the Subway shop on 9th avenue to check in and find out where you are needed. Especially needed are those with earth moving equipment and light towers.
National Weather Weather Service Meteorologist Adam Jones describing the storm that moved through Williston at about 40 to 60 miles per hour over night, dropping an inch and a half of rain, and hail from a quarter size to that of tennis balls.
Residents in Plentywood, Montana reported a twister touching down, damaging a home, pulling up trees, a warehouse and radio tower.
Photo Credit: Clifford Bowden of Williston