Severe weather expected to impact Oklahoma through Saturday
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 19, 2017,
May 19, 2017, 19:18
Home after home was gutted by intense winds, tree tops were stripped clean and memories were spread out all over the ground of the Prairie Lake Estates mobile home park.
"We thought we were going to be digging for people here for days", Fitzgerald said.
The Barron County Sheriff's Office will continue its damage assessments on Wednesday, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will be in Chetek to tour the damage, including a visit to Prairie Lake Estates.
The weather service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says the greatest risk of tornadoes is in western Oklahoma and the eastern Panhandle of Texas with a slight chance of tornadoes extending from southern Texas across the western half of Oklahoma through Kansas, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Iowa in addition to southeastern Minnesota and northwestern Missouri. "Between Chetek and Cameron there were several other areas that were damaged but this mobile home park was the center or the hub where most of our destruction is", Sheriff Fitzgerald explained. The thunderstorm continued to move east-northeast through Rusk County with many reports of damage.
"We were outside here kind of watching the sky and we could barely even close the front door", said Ryan Osgood, who had his roof fly off in the storm.
In Taylor County, several power power poles and lines were down in the Stetsonville area.
Gavin's longtime friend and neighbor of the mobile home park, Darrin Seever, is speaking out about the kind of man Gavin was.
Recovery efforts are underway northwest Wisconsin.
Barron County emergency management officials say donations of durable goods can be made beginning Sunday.
Damaging wind gusts between 60 and 70 miles per hour caused extensive tree and power line damage and left thousands without power.
Fallin told reporters that it's never easy seeing people who have lost their homes.
National Weather Service meteorologists say preliminary indications show eight tornadoes touched down in western Oklahoma on Tuesday. Hail as large as baseballs was reported in Kansas. Ringer also told the AP the storm destroyed 40 homes and severely damaged 50 to 75 others. It was not immediately known if there were injuries.