At least one killed as tornado tears though dozens of Oklahoma homes

At least one killed as tornado tears though dozens of Oklahoma homes

A sofa sits on damaged trees after a tornado ripped through Prairie Lake Estates trailer home park, just north of Chetek, Wis., Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

The tornado in Barron County, Wisconsin killed a resident.

Danny Ringer, with the Elk City Fire Department, said the person died near Highway 34 and Highway 152.

Mikles was killed after he chose to leave his mobile home in a pickup to seek shelter in the area about a mile north of State Highway 152 and just east of Merritt Road in a rural area.

"Our rapid response assessors are in Elk City and nearby storm-affected areas, and we are going to continue to follow the storms", said Disaster Relief Director, Sam Porter.

The National Weather Service reported the tornado touched down in the area just after 5:30 p.m. Mikles' pickup was reportedly tossed several hundred feet by the tornado.

Meteorologists say preliminary indications show eight tornadoes swept through western Oklahoma Tuesday, leaving one person dead and destroying at least 40 homes. A tornado in northwestern Wisconsin destroyed a mobile home park, killing one man.

The severe weather also caused extensive damage to several turkey barns across from the mobile home park.

Hultquist says the storms have the potential to produce hail and tornadoes from late afternoon into the evening.

ELK CITY, Okla. (AP) - Residents of an Oklahoma subdivision and a Wisconsin trailer park that were leveled by deadly tornadoes sifted through what remained of their homes and possessions Wednesday, even as forecasters warned of another round of powerful storms on the horizon. "MY thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the tornado in Elk City tonight", she tweeted.

Tuesday's storms were part of two supercells that formed in the Texas Panhandle before moving to the north and east.

The Storm Prediction Center says strong wind gusts and large, damaging hail are possible throughout the region.



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