North Dakota Still Working to Improve Warnings After Deadly Tornado


The impact of a deadly summer tornado that struck western North Dakota is still being felt as work continues to improve the area’s weather warning system.

The EF2 tornado slammed into the Prairie View RV Park in Watford City around 12:45 a.m. on July 10, killing a newborn boy and injuring two dozen people. More than 200 homes were damaged and about 200 people were displaced.
McKenzie County’s director of planning and development, Jim Talbert, said the Bismarck Tribune continued to argue about finding more permanent solutions, such as building storm shelters for RV parks. District emergency manager Karolin Jappe, thanks to the explosion of oil in the region is no longer home to only 1,500 people, and the need for better ways to warn people living in severe weather, he said.

. I want to make sure that we have all the high risks we have in our district right now, and we can protect the people who live and work here, J Jappe said.

Shortly after the storm, US Senator John Hoeven asked the federal authorities to analyze the Doppler radar near Minot to determine if it could improve its coverage in western North Dakota. Senator said the work should be completed soon.

The Bismarck National Weather Service and the alert coordinator meteorologist John Paul Martin said the changes could include the installation of new software to help regions in north-central and north Dakota.

The radar will be set before the next summer.

Krystal Lapp remembered the storm after the hurricane collision, saying she couldn’t remember how long her family’s mobile home was in the air.

I We were basically going to be sandblasted from debris, scoria and glass, sc Lapp said. “And I felt that way forever.“

When he landed, he crashed into a neighbor house. She said her husband had removed his sons from the rubble in the middle of the rubble. His 10-year-old son, Owen, was injured as a result of concussion and bleeding, but everyone did it only with scratches or bruises.

Lappdis house was one of 225 houses damaged by a hurricane. According to Jappe, 79 of them were accepted as “uninhabitable, period Bun.

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