Sheriff: 1 dead after tornado hits Wisconsin trailer park

2 dead after tornadoes hit Oklahoma, Wisconsin

2 dead after tornadoes hit Oklahoma, Wisconsin

According to the sheriff, 17 people were transported to the hospital and 5 to 10 others had minor injuries. "Between Chetek and Cameron there were several other areas that were damaged but this mobile home park was the center or the hub where most of our destruction is", Sheriff Fitzgerald explained. "When I got back and got back to my trailer, my neighbors, some people were helping the lady out of the trailer and her husband was buried inside", recalls Dale Daily.

Fitzgerald said local and state officials are calling it a tornado, but that hasn't been confirmed by the National Weather Service. Around 3 p.m., heavy rains and hail hit areas in the southeast metro including Inver Grove Heights and Eagan.

The tornado near Chetek was the only one reported to the National Weather Service from Tuesday night's storms. A stand of trees just east of the trailer park was reduced to a clump of trunks, with hundreds of articles of clothing and pieces of insulation dangling from them like surrender flags.

The apparent tornado damage was near Chetek, WI, Mobile home Park known as Prairie Lake Estates.

Meteorologists say preliminary indications show eight tornadoes swept through western Oklahoma, leaving one person dead and destroying at least 40 homes.

About 20 to 25 people were injured in the tornado, Ringer added.

Barton County spokeswoman Donna Zimmerman said Wednesday that the tornado that formed Tuesday night near Pawnee Rock remained on the ground for up to 15 miles (24 kilometers) before dissipating west of Hoisington.

Authorities identified the man killed as Eric Gavin, 45, whose body was found outside his damaged trailer. One person in a auto was killed, according to local media. Campers landed in nearby lakes, he said.

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Fallin told reporters that it's never easy seeing people who have lost their homes. Due to limited space we are asking community members to please wait to donate until needs can be assessed. Officials say residents of the park will be allowed to enter the site to look for their belongings around noon.

The declaration covers Barron, Rusk, and Jackson counties.

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

The American Red Cross has two reception centers set up.

"Most of the rest of eastern Oklahoma and into parts of northwest Arkansas will have a somewhat lesser potential, a slight risk, for severe thunderstorms later in the evening and into early Friday morning", forecasters said.

The Barron County Sheriff's Office will continue its damage assessments on Wednesday.

The south side of Elk City, Oklahoma, was hit hardest by one storm, said Mayor Bill Helton.

"The storm threat into Thursday night can unfold into a very risky situation as multiple tornadoes are likely to be spawned by rotating supercell thunderstorms", according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

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