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Tornado rips through worker's camp in North Dakota oil country

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 01:02

May 27 - A tornado ripped up trailers at a worker's camp near Williston, North Dakota, the city at the heart of the state's oil boom. Mana Rabiee reports.

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This is what's left of a worker's camp in North Dakota's oil patch, after a Tornado roared through on Monday night. It touched down some 30 miles southeast of Williston, the city at the heart of the state's oil boom. At least nine people were injured, one critically. The twister came so quickly, there was no time to take shelter. SOUNDBITE: ANTHONY BEYDA, RV PARK RESIDENT, SAYING: "I looked out the window, I was making a sandwich and I saw this rock that was about this big flying through the air. That's when I realized oh my gosh it's the real thing." SOUNDBITE: KAROLIN ROCKVOY, MCKENZIE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, SAYING: "We all ran out and I saw the funnel cloud and thought, oh my, this is not happening here." North Dakota's oil boom has brought tens of thousands of people to this area. Housing developments pop up in places that didn't exist on maps just a couple of years ago. SOUNDBITE: KAROLIN ROCKVOY, MCKENZIE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, SAYING: "The neat thing is that the oil companies took part too. We had safety guys from all sorts of different companies come to the rescue if we needed them." Emergency crews sifted through debris and residents took shelter with the Red Cross. This cat and at least one dog were among the lucky pets that were later found alive.

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Tornado rips through worker's camp in North Dakota oil country

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 01:02