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2 dead after tornadoes touch down in Wisconsin, Oklahoma

19 May 2017, 08:38 | Patty Hardy

Structures near Chetek Wisconsin were hit by what state officials said was a tornado

Structures near Chetek Wisconsin were hit by what state officials said was a tornado

State officials activated the response Tuesday night when a tornado touched down in parts of Barron County.

The NWS says that almost 40 percent of all tornado deaths have historically occurred in mobile homes.

The enhanced F-scale runs from EF0 to EF5. Lenna suffered a gash on her head. When first responders arrived at the scene, they could hear the people crying for help in the rubble, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told KMSP-TV.

Forecasters warned of another round of powerful storms on the horizon. Gov. Scott Walker toured the destruction and offered condolences to the man's daughter.

Apparent tornado damage near Chetek, Wis., on Tue., May 16, 2017. Most of his roof is intact, and he lost mainly windows. "What we call damage assessment, they're destroyed". More storms are possible later in the day in the lower Great Lakes region. "If I have one smile on my face, it's because of that outpouring of support".

"We have several reports in the county of other structures down, trees down and damaged vehicles", Fitzgerald said.

At least one person died when a tornado hit a housing subdivision in Oklahoma.

"We thought we were going to be digging for people here for days", Fitzgerald said.

That toll could have been even higher had an Arkansas family not gone into a storm shelter during a tornado in early March that destroyed their mobile home.

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Fox 21 Meteorologist Brittney Merlot explained, "These violent strong winds flipped cars upside down and rolled mobile homes many lots away in Chetek".

Numerous homes at the Prairie Lakes Estates trailer park were destroyed.

"It was just chaos".

The center of the park was a mass of debris and furniture and personal belongings, with not a single trailer left standing.

"We'll take any walk-up volunteers willing to help", Porter said. "When I got back and got back to my trailer, my neighbors, some people were helping the lady out of the trailer and her husband was buried inside", recalls Dale Daily. The spotter said in the report, "trailer homes were hit and walls were on top of people". Gusts of 85mph (135kph) were recorded at the weather service's office in Valley, west of Omaha.

No damage was reported with a rain-wrapped tornado just northwest of Bucklin in Ford County, Kansas, officials said, but tornadoes destroyed several homes between Pawnee Rock and Hoisington in central Kansas.

Tuesday's storms were part of two supercells that formed in the Texas Panhandle before moving to the north and east.

According to the National Weather Service, at least 3 tornadoes have been confirmed.

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