Tornadoes leave 2 dead, dozens more injured


No fatalities were reported in other states, but there have been reports in the eastern Texas Panhandle and western Oklahoma of utility poles and downed power lines.

There were reports of giant hail falling near Bucklin, Kansas, Tuesday. Emergency crews were dispatched to the scene, and to a golf course where a gas leak was reported. The high winds during a tornado can rip a mobile home, which frequently would not have a foundation, from its moorings.

The tornado damaged the Prairie Lakes Estates trailer park north of Chetek.

Over 25 people were injured, 17 of them were rushed to the hospital and as of Wednesday evening 1 person is in critical condition.

"Large hail, tornadoes and wind damage also will be possible outside of these areas across parts of the southern and central Plains".

The governors of Wisconsin and Oklahoma plan to survey the most damaged areas of their states later Wednesday.

Residents of the Prairie Lake trailer park have been picking through the rubble looking for anything salvageable.

The Barron County Department of Health and Human Services is asking the public for now to not to bring more donations to an emergency shelter set up at Mosaic Telecom in Cameron, because of limited space.

As dazed survivors wandered around screaming and crying, Black said he and his wife, Shelly, tended to several wounded trailer park residents, applying ice packs and cleaning up blood as best they could. "Our firefighters and deputies were lifting parts of trailers off people".

The tornadoes occurred in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Wisconsin on Tuesday.

CBS Oklahoma City affiliate KWTV reports the person who was killed was in a vehicle.

Gov. Mary Fallin plans to tour the damage to a western Oklahoma community that was struck by a tornado that killed a man.

Numerous other homes, shed and farm buildings were destroyed in the area of Prairie Lake township.

Two persons were killed and dozens injured after tornadoes and severe storms swept through several USA states.

Storm Team 12 reports these storms are expected to start forming Thursday afternoon and could reach Wichita by the afternoon drive time or early evening.

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Emergency management officials in Grant County reported a gust that hit 68 miles per hour in Cuba City, and wind felled tree branches in the Hazel Green area and debris was blowing across the highway in Ellenboro. He said that at least one person died as a result of the tornado, adding that those engaged in rescue and recovery operations were "still in a search pattern".

This item has been corrected to reflect that the tornado killed a man in northwestern Wisconsin, not the northeast of the state. He said at least one child was among the injured.

"Our rapid response assessors are in Elk City and nearby storm-affected areas, and we are going to continue to follow the storms", Sam Porter, director of Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief, told KOCO-TV.

Scattered tornadoes have been reported in the nation's midsection. People who live there tell our sister station WQOW, they are recovering physically and emotionally.

Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said a tornado touched down about 8:03 Tuesday night.

The department said seven to eight homes in Rusk County were damaged or destroyed by Tuesday's storm.

The damage was extensive.

People impacted by tornadoes in Elk City were permitted to return to their homes with day passes valid between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. CDT on Wednesday.

The south side of Elk City was hit hardest by the storm, said Mayor Bill Helton. Authorities said it appears he was fleeing his home when his vehicle was thrown several hundred feet.

Ringer told KOCO-TV another 50 to 75 homes sustained heavy damage.

Personal belongings were strewn across the ground, siding and roofs tossed off homes, people's lives changed in a matter of moments on Tuesday night, but those material things can be replaced. He estimates the park had around 50 homes.

The Red Cross and Salvation Army are assisting people who lost their homes in the storm.

The storm crushed most of the supervision on the southern border of Elk City, Oklahoma; Elk City is located 110 miles west of Oklahoma City.

"It's heart wrenching because you know everyone here and it's just a small community that's out in the country." said Seever.