1 killed, many injured as tornado hits trailer park near Chetek

19 Mai, 2017, 15:21 | Author: Claudine Rigal

Walker made the comments while visiting Cornell Middle and High school Thursday morning.

The governor toured the damage Wednesday at the Prairie Lake Estates Mobile Home Park in Chetek. He said his sister also had a 2-month-old grandson, Nolan, in the home when the storm hit, and they had nowhere to go but the bathtub.

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"I've lived in Oklahoma nearly 50 years", he said. Barron County is planning to open a volunteer reception center at Friday to coordinate cleanup efforts at the trailer park.

The tornado struck the Prairie Lake Estates Mobile Home Park around dinner time Tuesday night, destroying 50 to 60 trailers.

The center of the park was a mass of debris and furniture and personal belongings, with not a single trailer left standing.

Large tornadoes struck areas of Oklahoma and Wisconsin, killing two and injuring dozens on Tuesday.

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"We still have some people unaccounted for and we're trying to determine where they are, if they are somewhere else and OK, or missing", Fitzgerald said. Officials are allowing some residents back into the area at around noon today.

The storm also apparently caused a semi truck to overturn on State Highway 53 south of Chetek.

In western Oklahoma, a tornado ripped through Beckham County and killed one person.

The Rusk County sheriff's office reported the community of Conrath was "hit extremely hard" by the storm, according to an officer.

First responders could hear the voices of people trapped inside their homes when they arrived at the scene, packing six people into a single ambulance in one instance to transport victims to the hospital. According to the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs, about 40 trailer homes were destroyed by the tornado.

Smith said Wednesday that it appears the most damaging tornado was on the ground for five to 10 miles (eight to 16 kilometers) in the area of Elk City, Oklahoma.

Rain on Wednesday is expected to move out of the Lincoln area by 7 p.m. Thursday should be calm before storms return to the weekend forecast. The Red Cross and Salvation Army are assisting people who lost their homes in the storm. Fire Chaplain Danny Ringer told reporters at the scene late Tuesday that one person was known dead from the twister, although details were lacking. "But at this time, we're just searching the area with the search teams and making sure there's no one injured, and then we'll assess the damage and work with the NWS and all that other stuff that goes beyond saving and rescuing people", Sheriff Fitzgerald said.

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