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Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .

Officials: Sirens Sounded Near Ravaged RV Park

Wed Jul 11, 2018
Author: RV News Staff

Authorities say all eight outdoor warning sirens in a North Dakota oil patch city were sounded before a deadly tornado ravaged an RV park, but park residents and others say they didn't hear them because the storm was so loud.

A one-week-old baby boy was killed and dozens injured when the storm moved through Watford City shortly after midnight Tuesday. More than 120 structures were destroyed.

McKenzie County emergency manager Karolin Jappe says all of the sirens functioned properly, including one within blocks of the RV park. She says the storm was so loud that someone in the path of it would have had to be outside to hear the warnings.

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

A crowdfunding campaign has raised more than $13,000 for the couple who lost their infant son. McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger says the boy died after the storm flipped his family's trailer.

The baby's name has not been released. The Bismarck Tribune says Schwartzenberger reported to Gov. Doug Burgum and other officials late Tuesday that the boy was the son of Marisa Reber and Will Maguire.

A GoFundMe account set up for the couple shows more than 225 people had donated as of early Wednesday.

The National Weather Service said an EF2 tornado hit Watford City with wind speeds reaching 127 mph.