Storm Destroys 14 RVs at Arizona Campground

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September 8, 2009 by   - () Leave a Comment

Severe storms caused damage in parts of Golden Valley and Fort Mohave near Kingman, Ariz., Friday night (Sept. 4), according to the Kingman Daily Miner

The most severe storm damage was to the Riverside Adventure Trails RV Park in Fort Mohave, according to reports from the County Emergency Management Department. 

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning at 10:38 p.m. for the area southeast of Bullhead City near Oatman.  Starting at 11:14 p.m., three of the county's ALERT flood warning rain gauges south of Bullhead City recorded approximately 1.25 inches of rain in a 30-minute period.

The storm lifted, tossed and destroyed 14 RVs in the park and caused minor damage to 12 other units, said Byron Steward, Mohave County emergency management coordinator.

Six residents had to be extricated from the wreckage by Fort Mohave Mesa Fire Department, he said. Four were hospitalized for injuries Saturday morning. 

A National Weather Service official was called in from Las Vegas to survey the damage. 

"We don't think it was a tornado. It could be a microburst," Steward said. "We won't know until the National Weather Service makes a determination."

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