Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Tornadoes cause damage in Wisconsin, Oklahoma

Tornadoes cause damage in Wisconsin, Oklahoma

Devin Feuerhelm told KMSP-TV that his sister, Lenna Samuelson, lives in the park with her two daughters, Ashley and Brenna.

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 care and concern from the community has been overwhelming".

In total, the Barron County Sheriff's Office believes 15 homes are a complete loss.

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

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Fitzgerald said the Red Cross and the Salvation Army are setting up shelter and providing food and clothes for the families in need. "It was just people searching for family members, for their pets, belongings", Schulz said of the aftermath.

Officials in Barron County and neighboring Rusk County have declared a state of emergency. "What we call damage assessment, they're destroyed". Areas just south of the city could see rain before 5 p.m., but the bulk of the storm is expected to reach Topeka around 7 p.m., National Weather Service meteorologist Chad Omitt said. A spokesman for the National Weather Service confirmed that it was a tornado, but the agency was still trying to determine the twister's strength.

Storms have battered Southern Plains and Midwestern states all week, with deaths reported Tuesday in Oklahoma and Wisconsin. The high winds during a tornado can rip a mobile home, which frequently would not have a foundation, from its moorings.

Walker visited a trailer park near the city of Chetek on Wednesday afternoon where one male resident was killed and 25 people were injured Tuesday night.

The end of the week is bringing another chance for more tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds.

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The storm struck about 7:15 p.m. a subdivision south of Elk City, Oklahoma, almost 110 miles west of Oklahoma City.

One man, 53-year-old Bo Mikles, was killed while apparently fleeing his home in his truck, which was thrown several hundred feet, said Danny Ringer, the Elk City Fire Department chaplain.

That home was destroyed.

More than two dozen tornado sightings were reported to the National Weather Service Tuesday night across the five states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Wisconsin. It was not immediately known if there were injuries.

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