Deadly tornado near Chetek rated a strong EF2


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

"While there is tragedy, what we have going on here is a miracle", said Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald.

"I've been inundated with calls from people asking what they can do to help", he said Wednesday morning. Fire Chaplain Danny Ringer told reporters at the scene late Tuesday that one person was known dead from the twister.

Several tornado warnings were issued as severe thunderstorms moved east across western Wisconsin and northern Wisconsin as the night went on.

Fitzgerald said the Red Cross and the Salvation Army are setting up shelter and providing food and clothes for the families in need.

"We'll take any walk-up volunteers willing to help", Porter said.

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Governor Walker surveyed the damage Wednesday afternoon near Chetek, where a tornado hit a mobile home park Tuesday night. Shards of glass were flying at them like bullets, Tyson said: "When your house comes apart like that, there's no place to go". KCCI says trees and power lines were down in West Des Moines and severe weather tipped over semi trucks on local roads.

Beckham County Emergency Management Director Lonnie Risenhoover (RYE'-zuhn-hoo-vur) said "a lot of tornado damage" has been reported to the subdivision and surrounding rural area.

According to the National Weather Service, almost 300 preliminary severe weather reports filed in from Wisconsin to Texas, spanning Tuesday afternoon to early Wednesday. "But in these situations when you have a tornado like this you get a lot of rainstorms coming in the back side of it and that make the recovery effort so much hard".

"We ended up on the rubble, glass and stuff underneath us", said Gloria Myer, who lost her home. He also said the storm destroyed 40 homes and damaged 50 to 75 others severely. The National Weather Service office in La Crosse received numerous reports of winds topping 50 miles per hour, and trees and power lines are down in Green and Lafayette counties. Cattle have been killed, but he says he has no immediate reports of human injuries.

Strong winds caused a small plane to flip over at Eppley Airport in Omaha, Nebraska, Tuesday, NWS reports.