At Least 2 Dead, Dozens Injured After Tornadoes Hit Wisconsin, Oklahoma

19 May, 2017, 15:19 | Author: Leticia Walters

Seever's home was getting remodeled when the tornado hit, but now, his home is completely destroyed.

In total, the Barron County Sheriff's Office believes 15 homes are a complete loss. Jeff Martin, Chetek Mayor told KSTP-TV that several emergency vehicles have gone to trailer park.

The department said seven to eight homes in Rusk County were damaged or destroyed by Tuesday's storm.

"There's certainly no attraction to a mobile home park", Hultiquist said. The National Weather Service confirmed the EF3 tornado was actually on the ground for 27 miles with maximum winds of about 165 mph. In Chetek, at least one person died after a tornado flattened a mobile home park.

Fitzgerald said the Red Cross and the Salvation Army are setting up shelter and providing food and clothes for the families in need.

A strong area of rotation within a thunderstorm was detected on radar in Southeast Polk County, Wis., around 4:40 p.m. Monday and then moved into Barron County, the National Weather Service said.

The county plans to open a volunteer reception center on Friday to coordinate trailer park clean up efforts.

Several tornado warnings were issued as severe thunderstorms moved east across western Wisconsin.

The view from the Haymarket on Tuesday night.

The National Weather Service in Wichita forecasts severe golf ball- to baseball-sized hail, damaging winds up to 75 miles per hour and flood-producing heavy rain.

The governor was joined by state and local officials and emergency responders. The high winds during a tornado can rip a mobile home, which frequently would not have a foundation, from its moorings. In 2011, when devastating tornadoes struck in Joplin, Missouri, and in Alabama and MS, 111 of the 551 people killed nationwide in tornadoes, or 20 percent, were in mobile homes, according to the Storm Prediction Center website.

"We ended up on the rubble, glass and stuff underneath us", said Gloria Myer, who lost her home.

Large hail was reported in parts of Oklahoma Thursday.

Danny Ringer, chaplain with the Elk City Fire Department, says that tornado killed 53-year-old Bo Mikles.

Sam Porter, director of Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief, and Anthony Jordan, BGCO executive director-treasurer, met Gov. Mary Fallin, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak and others in Elk City, surveying tornado damage and connecting with people in the community.

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