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Wisconsin Emergency Management closely monitoring severe storms

1 killed in reported Wisconsin tornado 25 hurt WCCO via CNN
Manuel Armenta | 19 May, 2017, 19:19

An EF-2 or higher is considered a significant tornado.

"While there is tragedy, what we have going on here is a miracle", said Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is expected to arrive in Barron County Wednesday afternoon to meet with victims and inspect the widespread damage that also included a turkey barn across the street from the mobile home park that had just been rebuilt two years ago after a bird flu outbreak. Fire Chaplain Danny Ringer told reporters at the scene late Tuesday that one person was known dead from the twister, although details were lacking.

The weather service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says the greatest risk of tornadoes is in western Oklahoma and the eastern Panhandle of Texas with a slight chance of tornadoes extending from southern Texas across the western half of Oklahoma through Kansas, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Iowa in addition to southeastern Minnesota and northwestern Missouri. He says that in some cases, the responders left their own storm-damaged homes to help search the mobile home park. "The thunderstorm continued to move east-northeast through Rusk County with numerous reports of damage". Helicopter video from WCCO-TV and KARE-TV shows extensive damage at the trailer park, with several homes reduced to rubble.

"We were outside here kind of watching the sky and we could barely even close the front door", said Ryan Osgood, who had his roof fly off in the storm. He says some homes and outbuildings have been damaged severely and utility poles and lines are down.

Recovery efforts are underway northwest Wisconsin.

Emergency management officials in Grant County reported a gust that hit 68 miles per hour in Cuba City, and wind felled tree branches in the Hazel Green area and debris was blowing across the highway in Ellenboro.

Multiple people were trapped inside homes after the tornado, KOCO.com reported. It destroyed dozens of homes, killed a man, 46-year-old Eric Gavin, and injured at least 25 other people, some seriously, authorities said. Hail as large as baseballs was reported in Kansas. Cattle have been killed, but he says he has no immediate reports of human injuries.