Tornadoes in Wisconsin, Oklahoma leave 2 dead, dozens injured

1 killed in reported Wisconsin tornado 25 hurt

At least 25 other people were injured when a storm Tuesday leveled the Prairie Lake Estate Mobile Park near Chetek, Wisconsin, about 110 miles northeast of Minneapolis.

A powerful storm and tornado that struck Barron County Tuesday evening has claimed at least one life as well as leveling about 40 mobile homes at a mobile home park near Chetek.

Severe weather hit much of the US stretching from Texas to the Great Lakes, killing at least two people and leaving devastation behind in several areas.

The Elk City Fire Department says Mikles, 53, died near Highway 34 and Highway 152.

The Prairie Lake Estate Mobile Home Park had 50-60 trailers and several are totally destroyed, Fitzgerald says.

By evening, the National Weather Service listed almost 20 reports of tornadoes from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Wisconsin, although some of those could be multiple reports of the same tornado.

The majority of damage occurred on the south side of the city, the Elk City Police Department said in a statement. She recalled grabbing the dog as it ran to them as the house began to come apart. One home collapsed and first responders rescued an occupant.

"We're pretty certain it's a tornado", said Bill Borghoff, lead meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

"There are no other injuries that I am aware of at this time in other locations".

The National Weather Service in Norman has not yet released information about the strength of the tornado, but tweeted early Wednesday that it will be surveying the damage.

"This was a super cell that developed, a discreet storm", he said Tuesday night. "We estimate that more than 100 homes have been severely damaged or destroyed".

"It's a mess", Fitzgerald told the Leader-Telegram of Eau Claire.

Ringer told KOCO-TV another 50 to 75 homes sustained heavy damage.

There were 58 trailer lots in the park, and as many as eight trailers in a north lot escaped major damage, Fitzgerald said.

The mayor of the hard hit Wisconsin town, Jeff Martin, told KSTP-TV that numerous emergency vehicles went to the trailer park.

As of 9:30 p.m., Xcel Energy reported power outages still affecting 588 customers in the Eleva, Mondovi and Strum areas, 805 in the Ladysmith area and 142 in the Chetek area. The mobile home park has been declared a total loss.

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



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