Two dead after tornadoes wreak havoc in Oklahoma and Wisconsin


Governor Walker surveyed the damage Wednesday afternoon near Chetek, where a tornado hit a Prairie Lake Estate mobile home park Tuesday night.

Fitzgerald told KMSP-TV that when first responders arrived at the scene, they could hear the people crying for help in the rubble.

Weather Service meteorologist Mike Greisiner says the storms began as a "supercell" which developed around 3:30 at Saint Paul, two hours before the Chetek tornado - and it really gained strength in Washington County as it was heading east.

Danny Ringer, an official with the Elk City department said about 40 homes were destroyed and more than 50 homes were severely damaged.

Injuries ranged from minor to major and about forty mobile homes were destroyed at the Prairie Lake Estates in Barren County, Wisconsin, according to Tod Pritchard of Wisconsin Emergency Management. More than two dozen people were injured as the tornado felled trees and tossed cars and trailers about.

NOAA's Storm Prediction Center paints another risk zone across southern Minnesota and Wisconsin today.

There were 58 trailer lots in the park, and as many as eight trailers in a north lot escaped major damage, Fitzgerald said.

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"It's a mess", Fitzgerald told the Leader-Telegram of Eau Claire.

Authorities have released the name of a man who was killed when a tornado tore through a mobile home park in northwestern Wisconsin. The Storm Prediction Center, which specializes in forecasting and gathering data on tornadoes, says high winds during a tornado can rip a mobile home without a foundation from its moorings.

Chetek Mayor Jeff Martin tells KSTP-TV that numerous emergency vehicles have gone to the trailer park. The Barron County Boys & Girls Club is also accepting donations of toiletries, clothing and other items at its Lincoln Clubhouse in Rice Lake.

A mobile home is among one of the most unsafe places to be during a tornado. He said at least one child was among the injured.

Elk City Public Schools were canceled for Wednesday, the school system said in a statement.

A confirmed tornado destroyed about 20 homes in central Kansas.

Another fatality occurred when a suspected tornado hit Elk City, Oklahoma. 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".