Sheriff: 1 dead after tornado hits Wisconsin trailer park

Lawrence Kim
May 20, 2017

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin says the damage to a western Oklahoma community that a tornado struck, killing a man, is devastating.

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

"Forecasters from the National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed Wednesday morning that it was a tornado that caused the widespread damage".

By evening, the National Weather Service listed almost 20 reports of tornadoes from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Wisconsin, although some of those could be multiple reports of the same tornado.

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

Another tornado flattened much of a subdivision on the southern fringe of Elk City, Oklahoma, about 110 miles (180 kilometers) west of Oklahoma City.

"And all I saw was a swirling big, black cloud that came over like the top of our house, and just trying to hang on".

She said there was no warning when the tornado hit.

"I want to thank all the area emergency personnel for their response and the outpouring of support for the resident's who are displaced - special thanks to Mosaic Telecom, The Red Cross, and the Salvation Army for setting up a shelter and providing food and clothes for these families".

He said he'll add one new feature to his redone home: a storm shelter, or safe room. "I just thought man, we're going to be digging for people for days".

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald described the scene at Prairie Lakes Estates mobile home park, with 50 to 60 trailers, as "total devastation" and said first responders could hear people yelling for help when they arrived.

"Like a bomb went off", said Darren Sever as he surveyed the scene.

Residents of the Prairie Lake trailer park have been picking through the rubble looking for anything salvageable.

"It was just chaos". Ringer also told the AP the storm destroyed 40 homes and severely damaged 50 to 75 others.

Personal belongings were strewn across the ground, siding and roofs tossed off homes, people's lives changed in a matter of moments on Tuesday night, but those material things can be replaced.

Another touched down about five miles southeast of Sayre in Beckham County about 6:45 p.m., Barnes said. She said initial reports were that it was more than 400 feet (120 meters) wide, and that it was "very fortunate" that it didn't strike in a more populated area. A barn in Bradford, east of Janesville, was destroyed by high winds that also left thousands without power. Gusts of 85 miles per hour (135 kph) were recorded at the weather service's office in Valley, west of Omaha.

Authorities say at least 40 homes were destroyed.

According to media reports, from the effects of the storm killed two people in the States of Oklahoma and Wisconsin.

The Storm Prediction Center received 29 reports of tornadoes and 115 reports of wind damage from the long line of storms. The storms were accompanied by downpouring rain, strong winds and some states experienced hail, as well.

The storms are expected to continue into Wednesday, but Matt Brickman, CBS Minnesota meteorologist said that drier, cooler conditions are expected to move in by Thursday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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