One killed, 25 injured as tornado hits Midwest US

Cameron Gross
May 17, 2017

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.

"It's a mess", Fitzgerald told the Leader-Telegram of Eau Claire.

More than two dozen tornado sightings were reported to the National Weather Service Tuesday night across the five states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

The tornado struck about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday and wrecked much of a subdivision on the southern fringe of Elk City, Oklahoma, about 110 miles west of Oklahoma City.

CBS Oklahoma City affiliate KWTV reports the person who was killed was in a auto.

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First responders could hear people yelling for help when they arrived, the sheriff said, adding that at least one child was among the injured. Also, a tornado struck a rural area in western Oklahoma, leaving damage in its wake but no immediate reports of injuries. "But at this time, we're just searching the area with the search teams and making sure there's no one injured, and then we'll assess the damage and work with the NWS and all that other stuff that goes beyond saving and rescuing people", Sheriff Fitzgerald said. The Elk City police chief told KWTV some people were trapped inside tornado-damaged homes. The station says there were multiple injuries, and several homes and businesses suffered significant damage. It was not immediately known if there were injuries. Tornado watches were also issued in those areas and in western Oklahoma.

Structures near Chetek, Wisconsin, were hit by what state officials said was a tornado. The National Weather Service reported a touchdown in the area just after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Approximately 40 trailer homes were destroyed at the Prairie Lake Estate Mobile Park in Cameron, as well as a nearby turkey farm, according to Wisconsin Emergency Management.

Helicopter video from CBS Minnesota shows extensive damage at the trailer park, with several homes reduced to rubble. The Storm Prediction Center, which specializes in forecasting and gathering data on tornadoes, says that high winds during a tornado can rip a mobile home without a foundation from its moorings.

Storm chances increase in the Dallas-Fort Worth area overnight, with damaging wind gusts possible along a squall line that will move into the western counties of North Texas after midnight.

Other reports by BadHub

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