Barron County tornado kills one, injures more than 25

Barron County tornado kills one, injures more than 25

Blake Casey
May 22, 2017

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

National Weather Service Meteorologist Mike Umscheid says radar images suggest the storm may have produced other brief, rain-wrapped tornadoes as it moved over rural farmland.

The National Weather Service says that there is an enhanced risk for strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.

Oklahoma's News9 reported the tornado could have been an EF-2 or EF-3, and said early estimates tracked the tornado's path as about a quarter of a mile wide.

"Barron County Authorities are asking community members to please not bring any further donations to the emergency shelter located at Mosaic Telecom in Cameron Wisconsin".

In Rusk County, the roof was blown of the town of Stubbs hall at the intersection of Hutchison and Amacoy Lake roads. He directed state agencies and the Wisconsin National Guard to help those affected by the storms.

Two people were killed Tuesday - one in Wisconsin and another in Oklahoma - following tornadoes and severe storms that ripped through several states.

Chetek Mayor Jeff Martin estimated the park, about 40 miles north of Eau Claire, had around 50 homes.

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Apparent tornado damage near Chetek, Wis., on Tue., May 16, 2017.

"As storms build across the area through the evening overnight hours, the threat of flash flooding could lead to major impacts such as flooding roadways and quick rises on creeks and streams", Kurtz said.

Walker will survey what's left of the Prairie Lakes Estates Mobile Home Park near Chetek Wednesday afternoon.

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

At this time, no volunteers are needed and Fitzgerald urged curious on-lookers to stay away so that cleanup crews and utility companies could work.

One man, 53-year-old Bo Mikles, was killed while apparently fleeing his home in his truck, which was thrown several hundred feet, said Danny Ringer, the Elk City Fire Department chaplain. Five homes were damaged, but there are no immediate reports of injuries.

The storm struck a subdivision about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday just south of Elk City, Oklahoma, about 110 miles (177 kilometers) west of Oklahoma City.