Tornadoes in Wisconsin, Oklahoma leave 2 dead

The tornado hit at around 7:15 p.m., destroying parts of a subdivision, including at least 40 homes, knocking out phone service, and cancelling Wednesday classes at schools in Elk City.

A sofa sits on damaged trees after a tornado ripped through Prairie Lake Estates trailer home park, just north of Chetek, Wis., Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told KMSP-TV that when first responders arrived at the scene, they could hear the people crying for help in the rubble. Another was reported by firefighters about 11 miles north-northeast of Madge in Harmon County, he said. He told the Eau Claire newspaper the Prairie Lakes Estates trailer park is a mess and they were still searching Tuesday night.

The Storm Prediction Center, which specializes in forecasting and gathering data on tornadoes, says that high winds during a tornado can rip a mobile home without a foundation from its moorings.

ELK CITY, Okla. (AP) - Storms whipped through a wide swath of the central US, forming tornadoes that flattened a Wisconsin mobile home park and an Oklahoma subdivision and killing at least two people and injuring dozens of others.

Authorities have released the name of a man who was killed when a tornado tore through a mobile home park in northwestern Wisconsin.

Storms barreled through a large swath of the central USA and tornadoes reportedly touched down in four other states, including Kansas, Nebraska, Texas and Oklahoma, where another man was killed trying to flee to safety. One confirmed tornado was reported near a small town southeast of Dodge City, although there were no immediate reports of damage.

The south side of Elk City was hit hardest by one storm, said Mayor Bill Helton.

The Wisconsin tornado was part of a huge swath of the Plains and Upper Midwest threatened with severe weather.

A line of severe thunderstorms struck the central United States on Tuesday, leaving a trail of destruction from Texas to Wisconsin.

The tornado damaged the Prairie Lakes Estates trailer park north of Chetek. There were also many reports of large hail and strong winds.

No word yet on how much damage may have been done.

  • Larry Hoffman