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Weather Service rates Watford City tornado as EF-2

Watford City tornado (CBS News)
Watford City tornado (CBS News)

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) - The National Weather Service says the tornado that touched down at an oil patch worker camp was an EF-2.

Preliminary information suggests the winds reached 120 mph.

The weather service says a second brief tornado possibly occurred in the area based on eyewitness accounts.

The twister touched down about 7:50 p.m. Monday at a worker camp with 15 trailers just south of Watford City, about 50 miles southeast of Williston.

A 15-year-old girl, who was from out of state and visiting an aunt and uncle, was critically injured and is in intensive care at a Minot hospital. Eight other people were treated at a Watford City hospital for lesser injuries.

The American Red Cross says eight residents spent the night at a shelter and that several families were among those displaced.

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