Sheriff: At least 20 injured when tornado hits trailer park
- Author: Joanne Flowers May 18, 2017,
May 18, 2017, 12:03
News 18 spoke with Sheriff Fitzgerald on Tuesday night. There was no immediate word on any damage or possible injuries from that twister.
More than 25 other people were injured across the state. The high winds during a tornado can rip a mobile home, which frequently would not have a foundation, from its moorings.
The twister struck at the trailer park along U.S. 53 in the Barron County town of Prairie Lake, about midway between Chetek and Cameron.
Authorities have released the name of the person who died in Tuesday's tornado.
Another person was killed when a twister hit a housing subdivision in Oklahoma, CNN reported.
Gov. Scott Walker plans to tour the storm devastation Wednesday afternoon.
Barron (WQOW) - The worst of the damage is centered around the Prairie Lake Estates trailer park on County SS, located between Chetek and Cameron in Barron County. Officials say donations or volunteers are not needed at this time.
Barron County Sheriff Christopher Fitzgerald on Wednesday praised the efforts of first responders.
Sheriff Wallace said heavy damage occurred to public and private properties, including homes and rural farms.
There is a slight chance of tornadoes extending from southern Texas across the western half of Oklahoma through Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa into parts of Minnesota and MI in addition to portions of northeastern Colorado and northwestern Missouri. Five homes were damaged, but there are no immediate reports of injuries.
Mary Fallin said in a statement.
The National Weather Service confirmed that the tornado started in Wisconsin at around 5:30 p.m.
The storm struck a subdivision about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday just south of Elk City, Oklahoma, about 110 miles (177 kilometers) west of Oklahoma City.
The tornadoes were part of a system of severe storms that rolled through the northern Chippewa Valley Tuesday evening.
Several tornado warnings were issued as severe thunderstorms moved east across western Wisconsin. Emergency officials are reporting seven homes destroyed, according to the state's emergency management agency.
The Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs and the National Weather Service say they will be sending damage survey teams to the area today to assess the locations and the number of tornadoes. A tornado in northwestern Wisconsin destroyed a mobile home park, killing one man.