Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Tornadoes strike from Texas to Wisconsin

Tornadoes strike from Texas to Wisconsin

He estimates the park had around 50 homes.

Fitzgerald says many emergency crews are on hand. Five homes were damaged, but there are no immediate reports of injuries.

Elk City school officials have canceled classes for Wednesday. The National Weather Service reported the tornado touched down in the area ju.

Authorities say at least 40 homes were destroyed.

Several tornado warnings were issued as severe thunderstorms moved east across western Wisconsin and northern Wisconsin as the night went on. The forecast bull's-eye of the storm includes Wichita, Kansas, and rural areas of southern Kansas and western Oklahoma.

The State Emergency Operations Center is open with Wisconsin Emergency Management, Wisconsin National Guard, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Wisconsin Department of Administration and Wisconsin State Patrol.

At least one baby was injured, he said. The high winds during a tornado can rip a mobile home, which frequently would not have a foundation, from its moorings.

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This item has been corrected to reflect that the tornado killed a man in northwestern Wisconsin, not the northeast of the state.

The south side of Elk City was hit hardest by one storm, said Mayor Bill Helton.

The storm knocked out telephone service into and out of the city. The storm then headed toward the small central Kansas town of Pawnee Rock, where a home was destroyed.

The National Weather Service reported a tornado touchdown in the area just after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Structures near Chetek, Wisconsin, were hit by what state officials said was a tornado.

A bag of hailstones collected in Sayre, Okla., on Tuesday night.


"My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the tornado in Elk City tonight", Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said on Twitter.

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In Wisconsin, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told several media that the tornado damaged the Prairie Lakes Estates trailer park north of Chetek.

First responders searched through the rubble overnight. The tornado in Barron County killed a resident.

The Red Cross and Salvation Army are assisting those who lost their homes.

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

The storms hit late in the afternoon Tuesday and into the evening, leveling the Prairie Lake Estate Mobile Park near Chetek, Wisconsin.

In Oklahoma, another tornado damaged much of a subdivision on the southern fringe of Elk City. But Fire Chaplain Danny Ringer told reporters at the scene late Tuesday that one person was known dead from the twister.

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