Man killed by tornado in Chetek identified

The Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs said two people on Tuesday night stayed at the shelter set up in Cameron, while others stayed at motels or with friends and family.

Jennie-O also confirmed a turkey farm near Chetek's Prairie Lake Estates mobile park suffered damage from Tuesday's tornado.

More than 27 people were injured in all and 17 of them were taken by ambulances to hospitals.

The Storm Prediction Center reported that the high winds generated by a tornado can blast an unmoored mobile home right off of its foundation.

Governor Scott Walker declared a State of Emergency for Barron, Jackson, and Rusk counties following tornadoes and damaging storms. Another person was killed in Elk City, where a tornado destroyed at least 40 homes, according to the Associated Press.

Devin Feuerhelm told KMSP-TV that his sister, Lenna Samuelson, lives at Prairie Lakes Estates with her two daughters, Ashley and Brenna. Officials say residents of the park will be allowed to enter the site to look for their belongings around noon. The tornado swept into the mobile home p. "Our officers, deputies, firefighters lifted parts of trailer homes off of people".

The tornadoes occurred in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Wisconsin on Tuesday. It was not immediately known if there were injuries.

By evening, the National Weather Service listed more than 20 reports of tornadoes from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Wisconsin, although some of those could be multiple reports of the same tornado.

At least two dozen of the 50 or so trailers were destroyed.

Over a dozen tornadoes were reportedly spawned by powerful storms that raced through a swath of the central US stretching from Texas to the Great Lakes on Tuesday evening. While the community of Chetek, Wisconsin is mourning the loss of one resident, the devastation behind the sheriff stood as testament that many more could have perished.

"There is definitely the potential for all the severe weather hazards", including tornadoes and hail, Hultquist said.

Barron County emergency management officials say donations of durable goods can be made beginning Sunday.

This item has been corrected to reflect that the tornado killed a man in northwestern Wisconsin, not the northeast of the state.

Assessment crews were headed out Wednesday to determine the extent of the damage.

One man was found dead, 45 year old Erik Gavin.

Besides the mobile home park, there were several reports of other structures and vehicles damaged with downed trees in other parts of Barron County, Fitzgerald said.

Utility companies in Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Iowa reported more than 15,600 customers were without power early Wednesday morning.

Another person died in Elk City, Oklahoma, from a devastating tornado that ripped through the town.

The south side of Elk City was hit hardest by the storm, said Mayor Bill Helton. He added that the storm totally wrecked 40 homes and 75 severely damaged another 50 to 75.

NSW's Smith said another round of severe storms is forecast Thursday and Friday.

First responders lifted walls to reach people trapped under the debris while making their way through what was left of the Prairie Lake Estate Mobile Home Park after the twister struck. All other park residents had been accounted for as of 11:35 p.m. Tuesday.

Fallin told reporters that it's never easy seeing people who have lost their homes.

Elk City, Oklahoma bore the brunt of the damage, with dozens of homes visibly destroyed after a tornado ripped through the small city, an NBC affiliate station reported.

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