Storms pummel central U.S., as tornadoes kill at least 2

Amos Gonzales
May 18, 2017

ELK CITY, Okla. (AP) - Residents of an Oklahoma subdivision and a Wisconsin trailer park that were leveled by deadly tornadoes sifted through what remained of their homes and possessions Wednesday, even as forecasters warned of another round of powerful storms on the horizon.

A mobile home is a particularly risky place to be during a tornado, according to the National Weather Service.

Elk City Public Schools were canceled for Wednesday, the school system said in a statement.

In another post they wrote, "If you live in the area that was hit by the tornado you cannot go back to your residence at this time".

A tornado struck a rural area in western Oklahoma, leaving damage in its wake but no immediate reports of injuries. The National Weather Service reported a touchdown in the area just after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. He estimated the park had around 50 homes.

Bynum, 48, said he was doing what many people do when the weather picks up: watching it in his yard.

The severe weather also caused extensive damage to several turkey barns across from the mobile home park. Deployment Coordinator Dave Carr says a shelter is set up at the First Baptist Church in Elk City with a feeding station and chainsaw teams are helping clear debris and downed trees.

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Along the line, a massive tornado struck Elk City, Oklahoma early in the evening.

Officials say they found Mikles body, and say he was inside a vehicle in a rural area south of Elk City.

NWS has so far listed more than 20 reports of tornadoes from various states including Nebraska, Okhlahoma, Wisconsin, Texas and Kansas, reported Chicago Tribune.

Smith says another round of severe storms is forecast Thursday and Friday, with more tornadoes possible.

In eastern Nebraska, winds damaged homes, farms and businesses and left thousands of people without electricity.

In Oklahoma, another tornado damaged much of a subdivision on the southern fringe of Elk City.

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