Residents take stock after night of tornadoes in central US

40 homes have been destroyed and between 50 and 75 homes were heavily damaged. An EF2 or higher is considered a significant tornado. One home collapsed and first responders rescued an occupant. While their home was flattened, the SUV next to it was untouched.

Fitzgerald said local and state officials are calling it a tornado, but that hasn't been confirmed by the National Weather Service. We have several homes that were completely destroyed.

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said all of the residents of that park have now been accounted for. He says he and his wife drove away to safety and returned just after the twister left the area to find the park in ruins.

The Barron County Sheriff told News 18 one person died and at least 25 are injured.

"There are several more people and businesses to thank for the support, food, water, et cetera, and in the coming days I hope to be able to thank them", Fitzgerald said.

According to the National Weather Service, almost 300 preliminary severe weather reports filed in from Wisconsin to Texas, spanning Tuesday afternoon to early Wednesday. Sheriff Fitzgerald said the severe damage is between Chetek and Cameron on Highway SS.

Strong winds caused a small plane to flip over at Eppley Airport in Omaha, Nebraska, Tuesday, NWS reports.

Oklahoma's News9 reported the tornado could have been an EF-2 or EF-3, and said early estimates tracked the tornado's path as about a quarter of a mile wide.

Martin also said several turkey barns in the area were also hit hard.

One neighborhood over from the mobile home park, a family was cleaning up a yard full of debris after witnessing the power of Tuesday night's storm. He estimated the park had almost 50 homes.

"I thought we were done", Mark Tyson said about two hours after a tornado tore through the Prairie Lake Estates trailer park the couple have called home for the past 1 1/2 years.

The Red Cross and Salvation Army are assisting people who lost their homes in the storm.

State emergency officials are juggling multiple responsibilities, severe weather damage in Barron County and more severe storms moving into Southern Wisconsin Wednesday night. "I thank the Wisconsin National Guard, Wisconsin Emergency Management, and all state agencies for their coordinated response to this emergency". But Fire Chaplain Danny Ringer told reporters at the scene late Tuesday that one person was known dead from the twister.

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.



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