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DEATH VALLEY, CA –A dust devil tore through Texas Springs Campground on the afternoon of Monday, March 28, 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. 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.