Tornadoes in Wisconsin, Oklahoma leave 2 dead

  • Tornadoes in Wisconsin, Oklahoma leave 2 dead

Tornadoes in Wisconsin, Oklahoma leave 2 dead

Gavin's longtime friend and neighbor of the mobile home park, Darrin Seever, is speaking out about the kind of man Gavin was. The governors of Wisconsin and Oklahoma toured the destruction in their states Wednesday, and residents were allowed to sift through the wreckage. Officials say donations or volunteers are not needed at this time. One home collapsed and first responders rescued an occupant.

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.

The neighborhood buzzed Wednesday with chain saws, generators and a visit from Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, who called the damage "devastating".

Ringer told KOCO-TV that 40 homes were completely destroyed and another 50-70 homes sustained heavy damage, and multiple people were injured.

The National Weather Service (NWS) is conducting assessments to determine the strength of the tornadoes. Lightning blew siding and bricks off a home in Lincoln and a funnel cloud was spotted about 40 miles (65 kilometers) southwest of the city, near Exeter, but no damage was reported.

As cleanup and recovery begins following the Chetek, Wisconsin tornado, many are wondering how they can help.

"There is definitely the potential for all the severe weather hazards", including tornadoes and hail, Hultquist said.

Tornado watches from north Texas into western Oklahoma to the Kansas border will be issued this afternoon, the predication center said.

Forecasters are predicting a tornado outbreak in the Southern Plains on Thursday, the latest in a stormy week that has raked the country's midsection and left three people dead.

In northern Wisconsin, state emergency management officials are concerned about flooding in Ashland, Trempealeau, Clark and Jackson counties.

One person died at the mobile home park, the Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center said in a statement late Tuesday.

Dale Daily, 61, said he heard the warning siren about a half-hour before the tornado hit the mobile home park. He said at least one child was among the injured.

The storm also knocked out telephone service into and out of the city, while school officials have canceled classes for Wednesday. No other injuries were reported.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Mike Umscheid says radar images suggest the storm may have produced other brief, rain-wrapped tornadoes as it moved over rural farmland.

Crews are conducting damage assessments in the Bruce area.

Bynum, 48, said he was doing what many people do when the weather picks up: watching it in his yard. One person was killed and about 25 were injured.

The Barron County Sheriff identified the man as 46-year-old Eric Gavin.

Chetek Mayor Jeff Martin tells KSTP-TV that several turkey barns in the area were also hit hard.

The storm struck a subdivision about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday just south of Elk City, Oklahoma, about 110 miles west of Oklahoma City. Authorities said it appears he was fleeing his home when his vehicle was thrown several hundred feet.

He says hail larger than softballs fell Tuesday.

The tornado damaged the Prairie Lakes Estates trailer park north of Chetek.

Pioneer Bank in Ladysmith and Ladysmith Federal have set up funds for county residents impacted by the tornado.

The storms leveled the Prairie Lake Estate Mobile Park, about 110 miles northeast of Minneapolis, Wisconsin.

In Oklahoma, another tornado damaged much of a subdivision on the southern fringe of Elk City.