Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

At least 8 tornadoes struck Oklahoma, killing 1

At least 8 tornadoes struck Oklahoma, killing 1

The twister struck at the trailer park along USA 53 in the Barron County town of Prairie Lake, about midway between Chetek and Cameron.

The State Emergency Operations Center remains open with Wisconsin Emergency Management, Wisconsin National Guard, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Wisconsin Department of Administration and Wisconsin State Patrol.

Sheriff Fitzgerald said along with the mobile home park and surrounding areas, there is extensive storm damage around a nearby lake. A short time later, while cooking supper with his wife, Black said the tornado picked the entire trailer about five foot off the ground before slamming it back on its foundation. "It's wonderful that we're not talking about multiple dead people, and the trailers show it".

Officials said a tornado touched down in a rural area of southwestern Oklahoma on Thursday with no injuries or damage reported.

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

Meanwhile, parts of northwest Oklahoma are under the highest risk category for severe weather, according to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman.

The enhanced F-scale runs from EF0 to EF5. Borghoff said it was a "long-track tornado", but an EF damage rating had not yet been determined.

The mobile park had 50 to 60 trailers.

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Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says 17 people were taken from the scene near Chetek to area hospitals and 5-10 other people suffered minor injuries and refused treatment.

In the aerial footage of the damage, it's hard to tell where structures once stood. Personal belongings are strewn throughout the community.

The National Weather Service reported a tornado touchdown in the area just after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The twister struck at the trailer park along US 53 in the Barron County town of Prairie Lake, about midway between Chetek and Cameron.

Sandra Jackson was one of the residents who returned Wednesday to see what could be salvaged from their homes.

"Probes like this can enable meteorologists to use data from the instruments and the camera to research how tornadoes form, improving tornado forecasting", AccuWeather Social Media Manager and Meteorologist Jesse Ferrell said. Yeah, the house is completely gone. According to the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs, about 40 trailer homes were destroyed by the tornado. He says the survivors are going to need help for some time to come.

He said her sister also had her 2-month-old grandson, Nolan, in the home when the storm hit, and they had nowhere to go but the bathtub.

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