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Dust Devil Flips Camper, Causes Injuries


March 30, 2016

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif On Monday afternoon, March 28, a dust devil tore through Texas Springs Campground causing property damage and one injury. Wind flipped a pop-up camp trailer, which fortunately was not occupied at the time. Windows in several vehicles were broken. Multiple tents were either destroyed or blown away.

Dust devil in camp

A volunteer campground host at nearby Sunset Campground reported seeing a tent traveling eastbound approximately 1,500 feet in the air.

The only known injury was sustained by a man whose head was cut by a flapping portion of his tent as it was being pulled away in the wind. National Park Service rangers stabilized his injures and transported him to a hospital for treatment.

The National Weather Service had issued a high wind warning for the day, predicting gusts up to 60 miles per hour in Death Valley National Park.



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