Severe weather outbreak predicted in Oklahoma, Kansas

19 May, 2017, 10:22 | Author: Eloise Marshall
  • Severe weather outbreak predicted in Oklahoma, Kansas

It was not immediately known if there were injuries.

The tornadoes, some of them still unverified a day later, touched down in five states: Wisconsin and Oklahoma, which each had one death and about 40 homes destroyed, and Texas, Kansas and Nebraska.

Storms barreled through a large swath of the central US and tornadoes reportedly touched down in four other states, including Kansas, Nebraska, Texas and Oklahoma, where another man was killed trying to flee to safety.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald gave the figures to WQOW-TV, the Leader-Telegram of Eau Claire and the Star Tribune of Minneapolis.

Residents said the park had about 50 trailer homes, and at least two dozen were destroyed.

In General, reported the destruction of up to 60 homes and injured 25 people, 17 of whom were taken to hospital.

"I know there were walls on top of people", Fitzgerald told reporters.

At least one baby was injured, he said.

Sheriff Fitzgerald said along with the mobile home park and surrounding areas, there is extensive storm damage around a nearby lake.

Home after home was gutted by intense winds, tree tops were stripped clean and memories were spread out all over the ground of the Prairie Lake Estates mobile home park.

News 18 first told you on Wednesday that Red's in Chetek was handing out pizzas to victims and volunteers at Prairie Lake Estates.

Chetek Mayor Jeff Martin estimated the park, about 40 miles north of Eau Claire, had around 50 homes.

High winds on the backside of the Elk City tornado, which were likely howling at over 111 miles per hour, knocked the probe to the ground. Barron County sheriff's officials say those that remain hospitalized with storm injuries are expected to survive. Emergency officials are reporting seven homes destroyed, according to the state's emergency management agency. Aerial footage shot from helicopters and shown on KARE-TV and WCCO-TV showed the trailer park in Wisconsin experienced significant damage.

Amazingly, Nolan escaped with just a couple of scratches, he said.

One person was killed after a tornado ripped through parts of Barron County. He said at least one child was among the injured.

Gary Schulz, who owns a rental storage business near the Prairie Lake Estate Mobile Home Park, said a twister claimed his business eight years ago but spared it this time around. Park residents had been notified of the storm and tornado warning via sirens and CodeRed-the county's email, text and call alert system.

While their home was flattened, the SUV next to it was untouched.

As of 9:30 p.m., Xcel Energy reported power outages still affecting 588 customers in the Eleva, Mondovi and Strum areas, 805 in the Ladysmith area and 142 in the Chetek area.

The storms Wednesday hit southern Wisconsin particularly hard with significant damage reported in Rock, Sauk, Columbia, Walworth and Jefferson counties.


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