Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

1 death as tornado hits Wisconsin trailer park

1 death as tornado hits Wisconsin trailer park

At least 25 other people were injured when a storm Tuesday leveled the Prairie Lake Estate Mobile Park near Chetek, Wisconsin, about 110 miles (180 kilometers) northeast of Minneapolis.

"My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the tornado in Elk City", Gov. Mary Fallin tweeted.

Mark Tyson said he and his wife Robin were huddled behind a living room chair as the storm hit Tuesday evening when an entire wall of their mobile home suddenly came flying at them.

One person is believed to be dead and dozens of homes completely flattened after the twister hit land.

Forty homes have been completely destroyed and between 50 and 75 homes were heavily damaged, said Danny Ringer, with the Elk City Fire Department.

ELK CITY, Okla. (AP) - Storms whipped through a wide swath of the central US, forming tornadoes that flattened a Wisconsin mobile home park and an Oklahoma subdivision and killing at least two people and injuring dozens of others.

The National Weather Service reported the tornado touched down in the area just after 5:30 p.m. Crews went out to the area overnight to help residents.

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Another tornado was captured on video near Mclean, Texas, though no injuries or significant damage were immediately reported.

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. He says some homes and outbuildings have been damaged severely and utility poles and lines are down. Emergency services are continuing to rescue Elk City residents, several of whom remain trapped under the rubble of their homes.

Walker will survey what's left of the Prairie Lakes Estates Mobile Home Park near Chetek Wednesday afternoon.

A mobile home is the most risky place to be during a tornado, the National Weather Service (NWS) said. He estimated the park had around 50 homes.

Martin also says several turkey barns in the area were hit hard.

Storms barreled through a large swath of the central USA and tornadoes reportedly touched down in four other states, including Kansas, Nebraska, Texas and Oklahoma, where another man was killed trying to flee to safety.

Smith says another round of severe storms is forecast Thursday and Friday, with more tornadoes possible.

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