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A tornado struck an oil drilling camp near Watford City, North Dakota, on Monday night, destroying more than a dozen trailers where workers lived. The twister injured nine, with one person critically hurt, according to The Weather Channel.
Two workers, Dan Yorgason and Adam Schiff, fled an adjacent oil housing camp as the tornado struck, shooting an amazing — and ill-advised — close-up video of the twister. Yorgason told the New York Daily News that he and Schiff had no available path leading directly away from the tornado.
"We decided to go sideways towards the side of it rather than try to outrun it," he said. "We figured there was no way to outrun a tornado."
The angle from which they wound up capturing the tornado, at about two minutes into this video, is breathtaking and rarely seen by someone who survives such a close encounter with a deadly force of nature.
"I was laughing a lot, but it was not because I thought it was funny. I was panicking," Yorgason told the Daily News. "I knew I had to get out of there. You know how trailer parks are with tornadoes." Other than a few bruises, the two escaped without injuries, theDaily News reported.
The tornado hit about 30 miles southeast of Williston, North Dakota, which in recent years has transformed into a boomtown as oil and natural gas drilling has expanded throughout the state. Thanks to the oil and gas boom, the state has the lowest unemployment rate in the country, with prices for apartments rivaling big cities on the East and West Coasts.