Barron tornado kills one, injures more than 25

The end of the week is bringing another chance for more tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds.

The Twin Cities station of the National Weather Service tweeted a photo of large hailstones that fell in the town of Barron, with the largest 3 inches in diameter. But Elk City Fire Chaplain Danny Ringer told reporters at the scene late Tuesday that one person was known dead from the twister. He also said the storm destroyed 40 homes and damaged 50 to 75 others severely.

With no homes to return to, residents stayed Tuesday and Wednesday with family members, friends or motels.

Two people have died and dozens are injured after tornadoes flattened a mobile home park in Wisconsin and a housing subdivision in Oklahoma during powerful spring storms that battered an area from the South Plains of Texas to the Great Lakes.

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

Fitzgerald says many emergency crews are on hand.

Possible tornadoes were spotted over Weyerhaeuser, Wisconsin, near McLean, Texas, and in Bucklin, Kansas, Tuesday. The storm struck about 7:15 p.m. a subdivision south of Elk City, Oklahoma, almost 110 miles west of Oklahoma City. Cattle have been killed, but he says he has no immediate reports of human injuries.

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

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. He will also be touring the Prairie Lake Estates mobile home park, where it was heavily damaged by Tuesday's tornado. The National Weather Service reported a touchdown in the area just after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Sheriff's dispatchers say they're too busy to provide details. Mayor Jeff Martin in nearby Chetek (sheh-TEK') says turkeys can be seen wandering in the damage.

"We have several reports in the county of other structures down, trees down and damaged vehicles", Fitzgerald said. "The tornado traveled easterly through the county, touching down in several places".

According to the National Weather Service, almost 300 preliminary severe weather reports filed in from Wisconsin to Texas, spanning Tuesday afternoon to early Wednesday.

Severe storms are likely to hit Wichita on Thursday afternoon and evening.

  • Zachary Reyes