1 dead in western Wisconsin after apparent tornado

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1 dead in western Wisconsin after apparent tornado

Meanwhile, Wis. Gov. Scott Walker declared a state of emergency for three counties in northwestern part of the state following a deadly tornado and damaging storms.

The violent tornado packing 120-130mph winds went right through the heart of Prairie Lake Estate Mobile Park.

This photo provided by Stacey Valdez shows hail Valdez took in Sayre, Okla., Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Five homes were damaged, but there are no immediate reports of injuries.

In Elk City, Oklahoma, several homes sustained damage.

"A lot of tornado damage" has been reported to the subdivision and surrounding rural area, with some homes and outbuildings damaged severely and utility poles and lines downed, said Beckham County Emergency Management Director Lonnie Risenhoover. Shards of glass were flying at them like bullets, Tyson said: "When your house comes apart like that, there's no place to go". Authorities say a 46-year-old man was killed and a couple of dozen people were injured.

Several poultry barns at a turkey processing plant across the street from the trailer park were badly damaged, and turkeys could be seen wandering in the debris.

At the airport, spokeswoman Karen Carney said some flights were cancelled by early Thursday afternoon and airlines may cancel other flights to prevent extended delays or to avoid having aircraft damaged in high winds or hail.

Forecasters say the storms could bring "strong long-track tornadoes" in central and southern Kansas into western Oklahoma along with baseball-sized hail.

By Tuesday evening, there were nearly 20 reports of tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.

Ronald Bloomberg, another resident of the park, returned to discover his home was completely gone, with his neighbor, 45-year-old Eric Gavin, dead in a tree.

Ringer told KOCO-TV another 50 to 75 homes sustained heavy damage.

He says hail larger than softballs fell Tuesday.

At least one person was killed and more than 25 were injured Tuesday evening when a tornado devastated a trailer park near Chetek in western Wisconsin. Twelve area ambulances, six area fire departments and multiple law enforcement and first responders came to the scene, according to Fitzgerald.

The mayor of Chetek, Jeff Martin, said in an interview with KSTP-TV that quite a number of emergency vehicles responded to the scene where the tornado touched down at the trailer park, located about 4 miles north of Chetek.

The Red Cross and the Salvation Army set up a shelter and were providing food and clothes for displaced families.

The Oklahoma storm struck about 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, wrecking much of a subdivision on the southern fringe of Elk City, Oklahoma.

At least two people were killed and more than two dozen others were injured as stormy weather stretched from Texas to Wisconsin Tuesday.

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