Jueves, 26 Abril, 2018

2 killed in tornadoes in Wisconsin and Oklahoma; 25 hurt

1 killed in reported Wisconsin tornado 25 hurt WCCO via CNN
Tobias Pedroso | 20 May, 2017, 12:50

In Chetek, at least one person died after a tornado flattened a mobile home park.

The storm knocked out telephone service into and out of the city.

Sheriff Department officials said Wednesday 46-year-old Eric Gavin was killed by the tornado that destroyed the mobile home park.

The National Weather Service reported a tornado touchdown in the area just after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. There were also many reports of large hail and strong winds.

The twisters were among up to 29 that were reportedly spawned by powerful storms that raced through a swath of the central USA stretching from Texas to the Great Lakes on Tuesday evening, destroying dozens of homes, killing two people and injuring dozens of others.

Tornadoes reportedly touched down in five states on Tuesday night, including Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas, in addition to Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Emergency Management Spokesperson Tod Pritchard says their priority is helping tornado victims in Barron County, but they are also keeping a close eye on the severe weather.

Another tornado struck a rural area in western Oklahoma, leaving damage in its wake but no immediate reports of injuries.

The storm struck a subdivision about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday just south of Elk City, Oklahoma, about 110 miles west of Oklahoma City.

Walker visited Prairie Lake Estates Mobile Home Park near the city of Chetek on Wednesday afternoon where one resident was killed and 25 people were injured Tuesday night.

A turkey barn was destroyed by a possible tornado that hit near Chetek, Wisconsin, on May 16, 2017. "The storm destroyed a home in Western Oklahoma was the cause of the death of the man who tried to escape to a safe place", - stated in the message. He estimated the park had almost 50 homes. Jeff Martin, Chetek Mayor told KSTP-TV that several emergency vehicles have gone to trailer park.

Officials from Wisconsin Emergency Management, Department of Natural Resources, State Patrol and many other state agencies will be on standby and continue to monitor severe weather inside the Emergency Operations Center. One confirmed tornado was reported near a small town southeast of Dodge City, although there were no immediate reports of damage.

Police are encouraging displaced residents to seek shelter at the city's First Baptist Church.

National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Smith says two supercells began in the Texas Panhandle on Tuesday then moved into Oklahoma.