CHETEK TORNADO: Victim identified as Eric Gavin, 45


Storms barreled through a large swath of the central USA 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. One person was confirmed dead and two dozen injured. Pictured is an image of the Tornado damage in Oklahoma.

NSW's Smith said another round of severe storms is forecast Thursday and Friday.

Severe storms are expected to continue tonight across the central and southern plains, before weakening late in the evening.

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"This was a super cell that developed, a discreet storm", he said Tuesday night.

In eastern Nebraska, winds damaged homes, farms and businesses and left thousands of people without electricity.

The Twin Cities station of the National Weather Service tweeted a photo of large hailstones that fell in the town of Barron, with the largest 3 inches in diameter.

Before bed last night, we were thinking south-central Kansas (near Harper) would be our target, but after some of the data we were looking at, we might head to the western Oklahoma/northern Texas Panhandle area where a 10% hatched tornado risk is in place by the Storm Prediction Center.

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The tornado killed one man, 46-year-old Eric Gavin, as it tore through the Prairie Lake Estates Mobile Home Park near Chetek.

Walker visited Prairie Lake Estates Mobile Home Park near the city of Chetek on Wednesday afternoon where one resident was killed and 25 people were injured Tuesday night.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said a large number of emergency crews were on hand where a tornado touched down in a trailer park north of Chetek.

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

In Elk City, a community of about 13,000 people roughly 110 miles (180 kilometers) west of Oklahoma City, Matt Bynum considers himself lucky.

First responders could hear the voices of people trapped inside their homes when they arrived at the scene, packing six people into a single ambulance in one instance to transport victims to the hospital. Thus, with the weather being quiet, we took a trip back to Elk City to get a better understanding of some of the damage that had occurred.

Storm damage was reported farther west, in Arland Township, as well as east, into Rusk County, where at least seven homes were destroyed in the Bruce area.

The governor told reporters it was "nothing short of a miracle" that more people weren't hurt. More storms are possible later in the day in the lower Great Lakes region.