Tornados kill two in Oklahoma and Wisconsin, damage several houses
One person was killed when a tornado swept into a mobile home park in Wisconsin and another person died when a twister hit a housing subdivision in Oklahoma, as a massive severe storm system battered an area stretching from the South Plains of Texas to the Great Lakes.
In Wisconsin, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told several media that the tornado damaged the Prairie Lakes Estates trailer park north of Chetek. The National Weather Service reported the tornado touched down in the area just after 5:30 pm.
Helicopter video from WCCO-TV and KARE-TV shows extensive damage at the trailer park, with several homes reduced to rubble.
“It’s a mess,” Fitzgerald told the Leader-Telegram of Eau Claire. “It’s pretty bad. We have at least one deceased so far and we’re still in a search pattern.”
Fitzgerald described the scene to KMSP-TV as “total devastation” and said first responders could hear people yelling for help when they arrived. He said at least one child was among the injured.
Chetek is about 177 kilometers northeast of Minneapolis/St. Paul, and about 64 kilometers north of Eau Claire. The Oklahoma storm struck about 7:15 pm. Tuesday, wrecking much of a subdivision on the southern fringe of Elk City, Oklahoma, about …read more