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  • This photo provided by Clifford Bowden shows damage early Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at an RV park in Watford City, N.D., after a violent storm whipped through the northwestern North Dakota city overnight. More than two dozen people were hurt in the storm that overturned recreational vehicles and tossed mobile homes, officials said Tuesday. (Clifford Bowden via AP)

  • This aerial image from video, shot with a drone provided by HRI Aerial Imaging, shows damage at an RV park Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Watford City, N.D., after a violent storm whipped through the northwestern North Dakota city overnight. More than two dozen people were hurt in the storm that overturned recreational vehicles and tossed mobile homes, officials said Tuesday. (HRI Aerial Imaging via AP)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 1:30 pm

North Dakota RV residents didn't hear tornado warning sirens

 

WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- Authorities say warning sirens were sounded before a tornado touched down in a northwest North Dakota community, but people living in an RV park that was ravaged by the storm said they didn't hear them.

A newborn baby was killed and more than two dozen people were injured when the storm moved through Watford City shortly after midnight Tuesday. More than 120 structures were demolished.

McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger said sirens were activated but "the storm was so loud you couldn't hear them."

It's not clear how many sirens are in town and whether they were functioning properly. Karolin Jappe, the McKenzie County emergency manager, did not immediately return phone messages left by the Associated Press.

RV park resident Clifford Bowden said he didn't hear sirens but someone he knows who lives across town heard them.