Tornados from Texas to Wisconsin leave three dead

Tornados from Texas to Wisconsin leave three dead

Tornados from Texas to Wisconsin leave three dead

Officials in Barron County and neighboring Rusk County have declared a state of emergency.

The weather service says the twister packed winds of 120 to 130 miles per hour, or even slightly stronger, when it hit the park near Chetek on Tuesday evening.

Amazingly, Nolan escaped with just a couple of scratches, he said.

"It's going to be a long night", Risenhoover said.

The National Weather Service has received scattered reports of tornadoes among the severe thunderstorms rumbling Tuesday afternoon over the Texas Panhandle and western Oklahoma, downing power lines and toppling utility poles but having little other effect.

One of the tornadoes that touched down during storms that barreled through a large swath of the central US destroyed about 20 homes in central Kansas.

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for 64 of 99 counties in Iowa. the counties include Winnebago, Hancock, Worth, Wright, Cerro Gordo, Humboldt, Franklin, Pocahontas, and Kossuth counties.

Fitzgerald said crews will stay on scene through the night.

He estimates the park had around 50 homes. According to the sheriff, 17 people were transported to the hospital and 5 to 10 others had minor injuries.

Residents of the park were to be allowed to enter the site to look for their belongings around noon Wednesday, officials said early Wednesday.

Possible tornadoes were spotted over Weyerhaeuser, Wisconsin, near McLean, Texas, and in Bucklin, Kansas, Tuesday.

Apparent tornado damage near Chetek, Wis., on Tue., May 16, 2017.

As many as 27 tornados battered communities from the Texas plains through Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

Authorities identified the man killed as Eric Gavin, 45, whose body was found outside his damaged trailer.

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The National Weather Service says the potentially severe storms are expected to travel Saturday through far eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas.

"There was a little voice in my head that said we need to leave, and we got out just in time", said Dale Dailey, who lives in the area where the tornado hit. He said at least one child was among the injured. Damage assessment and recovery efforts continue in the affected areas.

This item has been corrected to reflect that the tornado killed a man in northwestern Wisconsin, not the northeast of the state.

"I've been inundated with calls from people asking what they can do to help", he said Wednesday morning.

The risk of severe storms is enhanced in the Oklahoma City area, as well as in northeastern and southwestern Oklahoma. Lightning blew siding and bricks off a home in Lincoln and a funnel cloud was spotted about 40 miles southwest of the city, near Exeter, but no damage was reported. No details were immediately available about the person who was hurt there.

The storm hit the Cameron trailer park at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The American Red Cross has two reception centers set up.

Hultquist says there are several myths about tornadoes. Forecasters say there's also a slight chance some of the storms could spawn tornadoes.

He says hail larger than softballs fell Tuesday. Empty lots are where mobile homes once stood. One person was killed and 25 people were injured.

First responders searched through the rubble overnight.

Besides the mobile home park, there were several reports of other structures and vehicles damaged with downed trees in other parts of Barron County, Fitzgerald said.

SkyFOX flew above the Prairie Lake Estates mobile home park which took a direct hit. Seven homes were destroyed near the intersection of Highways 8 and W, according to the Wisconsin Department of Emergency Management.

Jody Darling, a friend of the residents of this home in Elk City, .

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