2 dead after tornadoes hit Oklahoma, Wisconsin

Amos Gonzales
May 18, 2017

Gov. Scott Walker plans to tour the storm devastation in northwestern Wisconsin where a tornado leveled a mobile home park, killing one person and injuring at least two dozen others.

One of the hardest hit areas was a mobile home community in Chetek, Barron County.

The National Weather Service reported 20 tornadoes in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Wisconsin on Tuesday.

One person died at the mobile home park, the Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center said in a statement late Tuesday.

Elk City school officials have canceled classes for Wednesday.

Severe storms, plus more tornadoes, are expected in Texas on Thursday. Also, a tornado struck a rural area in western Oklahoma, leaving damage in its wake but no immediate reports of injuries. Tornado watches and severe thunderstorm watches were issued for Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, St. Croix and Taylor counties in west-central Wisconsin, and a flash flood warning for Buffalo, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce, Rusk and Trempealeau counties.

In western Oklahoma, a tornado ripped through Beckham County and killed one person.

There were reports of possible tornadoes in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center said.

A tornado in the Texas panhandle was caught on tape as it was developing.

Danny Ringer, chaplain with the Elk City Fire Department, says that tornado killed 53-year-old Bo Mikles. Authorities say it appears he was fleeing his home when his vehicle was thrown several hundred feet.

It's expected the storms will reach western Oklahoma Tuesday night and may move into eastern Oklahoma.

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He says hail larger than softballs fell Tuesday.

The twister struck at a trailer park along USA 53 in the Barron County town of Prairie Lake, about midway between Chetek and Cameron.

First responders searched through the rubble overnight. The department told residents to stay home because power lines were down across the city.

The Red Cross and Salvation Army are assisting those who lost their homes.

CHICAGO (AP) - Two people died and dozens were injured when tornadoes flattened a mobile home park in Wisconsin and a housing subdivision in Oklahoma during powerful spring storms that battered an area from the South Plains of Texas to the Great Lakes.

The National Weather Service said spotters reported a tornado four miles northwest of Chetek at 5:35 p.m., and another five miles west-southwest of Weyerhaeuser at 6:15 p.m.

About 50 to 70 homes were damaged and several were destroyed, he said.

Chetek is about 110 miles (177 kilometers) northeast of Minneapolis/St. Paul, and about 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Eau Claire.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald described the scene as "total destruction".

No word yet on how much damage may have been done.

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