(Photo: YouTube Dan Yorgason)
At least 15 mobile homes serving as permanent residences were completely destroyed and 8 people were injured, after a powerful tornado touched down on the night of Monday close to Watford City in North Dakota.
According to the BBC, a 15-year-old was seriously injured by the tornado on Monday, a factor which affected an oil workers camp.
According to USA Today, the tornado reached its peak with winds of up to 120 km/h and touched down on Monday night at around 7:50 p.m., local time, close to the workers camp located south of the city of Watform, 50 km southeast of Williston.
The tornado on Monday was a rare phenomenon, since they're rarely reported in McKenzie County. According to USA Today, only 14 tornados have been reported in the area since 1950, and none of them had fatalities.
Todd Hamilton, a meteorologist of the U.S. National Weather Service told the newspaper that two meteorologist sand an emergency response specialist traveled on Tuesday to inspect the damages to the camp.
Tornado Caught on Video
The strength of the unusual tornado in North Dakota was captured in a video by an amateur filmmaker who shared the terrifying video on YouTube.
Dan Yorgason was inside his mobile home on the night of Monday when the massive tornado touched down close to his home. In the video, a little over two minutes long, a man can see putting out his hand from the window of his home and filming the tornado while he talks with one of his neighbors.
"I was laughing at lot, but not because I thought it was funny. I was panicking. I knew I had to get out of there. You know how mobile homes are with tornados," Yorgason told The Daily News.