Severe weather expected to impact Oklahoma through Saturday


Chetek Mayor Jeff Martin tells KSTP-TV that several turkey barns in the area were also hit hard.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says at least 20 people were injured when a tornado hit a mobile home park near Chetek in western Wisconsin.

Gavin's longtime friend and neighbor of the mobile home park, Darrin Seever, is speaking out about the kind of man Gavin was.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Mike Umscheid says radar images suggest the storm may have produced other brief, rain-wrapped tornadoes as it moved over rural farmland.

First responders lifted walls to reach people trapped under the debris while making their way through what was left of the Prairie Lake Estate Mobile Home Park after the twister struck. But the Red Cross did have a reception center set up in nearby Ladysmith, Wis., to help anyone who needed it.

"We have several reports in the county of other structures down, trees down and damaged vehicles", Fitzgerald said. The thunderstorm continued to move east-northeast through Rusk County with many reports of damage.

With more storms possible, Pritchard says the next 48 hours could hinder relief effort in Barron County.

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At noon Wednesday, some residents were allowed back into the trailer park, officials with Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center said.

A survey performed Wednesday by the NWS revealed the tornado was at least EF2 in strength with preliminary maximum wind speeds of 120-130 miles per hour.

Mikles was killed after he chose to leave his mobile home in a pickup to seek shelter in the area about a mile north of State Highway 152 and just east of Merritt Road in a rural area.

The National Weather Service says its preliminary damage rating for a tornado that destroyed a trailer park and killed a man in northwestern Wisconsin is a strong EF2.

"We ended up on the rubble, glass and stuff underneath us", said Gloria Myer, who lost her home. Hail as large as baseballs was reported in Kansas.

Sam Porter, director of Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief, and Anthony Jordan, BGCO executive director-treasurer, met Gov. Mary Fallin, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak and others in Elk City, surveying tornado damage and connecting with people in the community.

Danny Ringer, chaplain with the Elk City Fire Department, says that tornado killed 53-year-old Bo Mikles.