Good Question: Do Tornadoes Hit Mobile Homes More Often?


At least one person has been killed by a tornado that roared through a portion of a western Oklahoma town.

Just north of Chetek, in Barron County, many were busy Wednesday cleaning up, and reflecting on what they experienced Tuesday. He said he and his wife drove away to safety and returned just after the twister left the area to find the park in ruins.

A strong area of rotation within a thunderstorm was detected on radar in Southeast Polk County, Wis., around 4:40 p.m. Monday and then moved into Barron County, the National Weather Service said.

Tornadoes are rated on a six-point scale, from the weakest (EF-0) to the strongest (EF-5). The high winds during a tornado can rip a mobile home, which frequently would not have a foundation, from its moorings.

Elk City Police Chief Eddie Holland estimated the storm severely damaged more than 75 homes.

The length of its path is still being determined. "It was like a nightmare - out of a movie".

Two people died and dozens were injured when tornadoes flattened a mobile home park in Wisconsin and a housing subdivision in Oklahoma during powerful spring storms that battered an area from the South Plains of Texas to the Great Lakes.

A 46-year-old man was killed at the trailer park and at least 25 other people were injured, according to the Barron County Sheriff's Department.

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The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for a wide swath of Iowa, reports CBS affiliate KCCI in Des Moines.

Dale Daily, 61, said he heard the warning siren about a half-hour before the tornado hit the mobile home park. "I have instructed state agencies and the Wisconsin National Guard to help those affected by the storms as they recover and rebuild".

Officials in Barron County and neighboring Rusk County have declared a state of emergency.

"It's heartbreaking and it's a very trying time for these families when you see the magnitude of the destruction", Fallin said after touring the damage.

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said all of the residents of that park have now been accounted for. In fact, even the cabins and homes around Lake Chetek suffered solemn damage, with most damage hitting a mobile home park and several turkey farms.

"It was chaos. People everywhere. People bleeding", a resident said. He said his sister also had a 2-month-old grandson, Nolan, in the home when the storm hit, and they had nowhere to go but the bathtub.

"It's up there, on top of another house", said Weiland.