1 death as tornado hits Oklahoma subdivision

Cameron Gross
May 18, 2017

"This was a supercell that developed, a discreet storm", he said Tuesday night.

Another tornado flattened much of a subdivision on the southern fringe of Elk City, Oklahoma, about 110 miles west of Oklahoma City. "I ran to the bathroom and I came out and saw this", Sarah Zurn who lives at Prarie Lake Estates Mobile Home Park told WEAU 13 News.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says the park is destroyed following a tornado that touched down in Barron County.

"There were six to eight trailers in a row, now there's nothing there but debris", the sheriff said.

Tornadoes reportedly touched down in five states Tuesday night, including Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas, in addition to Wisconsin. Fire Chaplain Danny Ringer told reporters at the scene late Tuesday that one person was known dead from the twister, although details were lacking.

Injuries ranged from minor to major and about forty mobile homes were destroyed at the Prairie Lake Estates in Barren County, Wisconsin, according to Tod Pritchard of Wisconsin Emergency Management.

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Officials with the National Weather Service said they've received reports of damage along a 30-mile line from Chetek into neighboring Rusk County.

The tornadoes were part of a system of severe storms that rolled through the northern Chippewa Valley on Tuesday evening.

Other tornadoes in western Oklahoma and the eastern Texas Panhandle have downed power lines and utility poles, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

The Storm Prediction Center says strong wind gusts and large, damaging hail are also possible throughout the region.

KARE11 and KSTP-TV in the Twin Cities report the tornado hit the mobile home park north of Chetek.

The severe storm that hit the Chetek area started to develop about two hours earlier in the St. Paul area, according to meteorologist Mike Griesinger of the National Weather Service in Chanhassen.

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