The storm injured more than two dozen people and killed the baby when it flipped his family's trailer at the Prairie View recreational vehicle park. More than 120 structures were destroyed.
The outpouring was not a surprise to McKenzie County emergency manager Karolin Jappe, who saw a similar response from the community four years ago when a tornado struck a different RV park.
A shelter was set up at the Civic Center - and many people showed up with tales of a brush with a very unsafe storm.
"The cheapest insurance that people can buy is an all-hazard weather radio", Senger said. "It was insane. I didn't think it was going to be that loud and that strong".
"It was pretty calm on that side of town", Bowden said.
"Obviously they are going to be stressed out by what they see because it was pitch black when it first happened", Schwartzenberger said.
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Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford has arrived in Watford City, where he was once mayor and where he still has a home, according to Mike Nowatzki, a spokesman for Gov. Doug Burgum. Nine of those are in critical condition, he said.
The National Weather Service classified the tornado as an EF2 with wind speeds reaching 127 miles per hour.
In this Tuesday, July 10, 2018 photo, Nathan Garner, left, helps Andrew Anderson and Cade Holder, push aside the roof of a mobile home destroyed by a tornado that blew through the Prairie View RV Park in the early morning hours in Watford City, N.D. The three are missionaries helping the Red Cross by going through the wreckage trying to retrieve valuables for homeowners.
The storm moved through Watford City shortly after midnight, hitting an RV park the hardest, according to sheriff's officials.
A GoFundMe account set up for the couple shows more than 225 people had donated as of early Wednesday.
McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger says sirens were activated but "the storm was so loud you couldn't hear them".
"They're just working back and forth from the RV park and the shelter, trying to salvage what they can and clean up what they can, and then just getting some good rest", she said.