Tornadoes in Wisconsin, Oklahoma leave 2 dead

About 50 families were staying at the trailer park and images from the scene show the piles of debris that were left in the wake of the tornado

About 50 families were staying at the trailer park and images from the scene show the piles of debris that were left in the wake of the tornado

Jody Darling, a friend of the residents of this home in Elk City, Okla., talks on a phone while standing in a room of the house that is now totally exposed on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

The tornado struck about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday and wrecked much of a subdivision on the southern fringe of Elk City, Oklahoma, about 110 miles west of Oklahoma City.

The south side of Elk City was hit hardest by one storm, said Mayor Bill Helton. Fire officials say at least one person died and that dozens of homes have been destroyed or severely damaged.

The Whitewater Unified School District canceled classes at its five schools because of a lack of electricity. A 46-year-old man was killed and more than 25 people were injured. The Barron County Sheriff's Department says all other residents of the mobile home park are accounted for.

But, Fitzgerald said, "The outpouring of support has been tremendous".

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

The National Weather Service reported a tornado touchdown in the area just after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

"An outbreak of severe thunderstorms with tornadoes, very large hail and wind damage is expected to develop across parts of the southern and central Plains from this afternoon into this evening and overnight".

Other tornadoes in western Oklahoma and the eastern Texas Panhandle have downed power lines and utility poles, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

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.

Barron County Wisconsin Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said the tornado it "at a time when a lot of people were home".

The twister struck at the trailer park along USA 53 in the Barron County town of Prairie Lake, about midway between Chetek and Cameron. He estimates the park had around 50 homes.

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

"The greatest risk of severe thunderstorms, up to a moderate risk, will exist along and northwest of I-44, with hail up to the size of baseballs, damaging winds to 75 miles per hour, and a limited potential for strong tornadoes", forecasters in Tulsa said.

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