1 dead, 25 injured in Barron County

Ivan Schwartz
May 19, 2017

One person was killed, and 25 were hurt, and the damage is significant.

No injuries or damage were reported after a tornado touched down in Oklahoma Thursday, according to local officials.

Tom Hultiquist, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, says it is all a myth.

The National Weather Service says its preliminary damage rating for a tornado that destroyed a trailer park and killed a man in northwestern Wisconsin is a strong EF-2.

Chetek Mayor Jeff Martin said community members also were pitching in.

Severe storms capable of creating tornadoes, large hail, damaging winds and flash flooding are expected between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Thursday evening, according to the county's emergency management department.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the devastating tornadoes that hit last night", Governor Walker said in a statement after touring the damage near Chetek.

"There's certainly no attraction to a mobile home park", Hultiquist said.

The Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs said two people on Tuesday night stayed at the shelter set up in Cameron, while others stayed at motels or with friends and family.

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Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says at least 20 people were injured when a tornado hit a mobile home park near Chetek in western Wisconsin.

In Iowa, the storms damaged homes and other buildings and knocked down trees, limbs and power poles, leaving thousands of people without power.

Recovery efforts are underway northwest Wisconsin.

First responders searched through the rubble overnight.

"We ended up on the rubble, glass and stuff underneath us", said Gloria Myer, who lost her home.

Manning said Mikles, a long-time county resident, had called the sheriff's office about another matter before the tornado approached.

Seever said that Gavin worked at the turkey farm across the road from his mobile home that was also slammed by the storm.

People impacted by tornadoes in Elk City were permitted to return to their homes with day passes valid between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. CDT on Wednesday. Fitzgerald says they lifted walls off people who were trapped.

In Oklahoma, another tornado damaged much of a subdivision on the southern fringe of Elk City. Fire Chaplain Danny Ringer told reporters at the scene late Tuesday that one person was known dead from the twister, although details were lacking.

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